The Forest Hill Garden Group will be opening six gardens on Sunday 21 May (1-6pm) as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) with a share to St Christopher’s. They are all within walking distance of each other – or a yellow ballooned taxi is available for a donation!

  • Hilltop 28 Horniman Drive
  • 27 Horniman Drive
  • 53 Ringmore Rise
  • 7 Canonbie Road, The Coach House
  • 3 The Hermitage
  • 25 Westwood Park.

These six gardens in Forest Hill are all very different and make for a wonderful afternoon out. Situated on one of the highest points in south east London these gardens afford breathtaking views across London and the Downs, offering a real treat to the senses – art, sculpture, delicious homemade cakes and refreshment, music from a talented duo, and many plants for sale. There are too many hidden gems to list but delights include a walled courtyard garden, a city sanctuary garden built on three levels with rose and jasmine draped arches, a jewel garden and topiary; a sculptor’s garden packed with plants, sculptures and ceramics for sale; a vintage garden with a flock of chickens, vegetable beds and large fruit trees; a story trail for children of all ages; an organic ‘bee friendly’ garden with seating areas and a unique slate water feature; and a Beth Chatto inspired garden where a grass path winds between a loose, billowing, country style planting.

Combined admission £7.00, children free (central paypoint at 28 Horniman Drive). Plants for sale at 25 Westwood Park, 27 Horniman Drive and 7 Canonbie Rd. Tea and home-made cakes at 53 Ringmore Rise.

Train: Forest Hill. Bus: 176, 185, 197, 356 or P4.