45m x 12m town garden. View past apple trees to seating area. LH: bubbling urn water feature. Beyond, box balls and viburnum divide the lawn. Mimosa in flower by house.

45m x 12m town garden. View past apple trees to seating area. LH: bubbling urn water feature. Beyond, box balls and viburnum divide the lawn. Mimosa in flower by house.

Artistic influences feature in award-winning artist, Rosemary Lindsay’s, beautiful garden in Herne Hill, London this May.

5 Burbage Road in Herne Hill, London, is proving one of the most popular NGS garden openings of the season.

Owned by award-winning botanical artist Rosemary Lindsay (a member of The Society of Botanical Artists), 169 visitors attended the NGS garden opening on Sunday 10th April.

The garden is set to open for an extra two days, on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May, and will coincide with the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House weekend.

Visitors are in for a real treat. Everyone will enjoy visiting this delightful gem. The charming haven is 150ft x 40ft with a large and varied range of plants. There’s a herb garden, herbaceous borders for sun and shade, climbing plants, pots, terraces, lawns and gravel areas to reduce watering.

Whether you are looking to bask in hot sunny spaces or prefer deep shade, you will be struck by the colour, variety and contrast of this delightful garden. This diversity allows for a wide range of plants to be grown, many of which are on the tender side but flourish in the sheltered environment: Drimys, Prostanthera, Bergenia emiensis, Iochroma australis (a rare small tree with astonishing blue flowers), Salvias, and olives are examples. Great use is made of scented plants: Daphne, Sarcococca, Viburnum, and there are many roses. The planting is dense with a wide variety of leaf shape and texture, perennial flowers, and self-sown wild flowers are allowed in with caution. There are all sorts of moveable containers, including pots and birdbaths by well-known potters. An autumn planting of bulbs gives a regular spring display of tulips, narcissus, fritillaries and cyclamen.

5 Burbage Road has been photographed by, among others, Jonathan Buckley, Hugh Palmer, Marianne Majerus, Patrick Lichfield and Nicola Stocken.

Opening information: Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on both days). Admission £3.00, children free. £3 charge is for the garden only. There is no charge for Artists’ Open House.

‘…a garden that is intriguing, enclosing, lush and beautifully balanced…Take a notebook. It’s that kind of garden.’
(Anna Pavord in The Independent Magazine)

‘There’s something exciting to see at every turn in this much-loved city garden. Clever planting means…interest in the garden at every time of the year.’
(Nicola Stocken in House Beautiful)

‘Her artistic talents, together with a previous training as an architect, have transformed what could have been a dull, if large, suburban garden into a stunning and inspiring place.’
(The Late Elspeth Thompson in The Times Magazine)

Further information: private visits are by appointment and visits by groups from the UK and abroad are frequently arranged.


Address: 5 Burbage Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HJ.

The NGS was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 1927 to raise money to support district nurses in England and Wales.

The NGS is the biggest ever funder of both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, having donated £15.75m and £7.8m to each.