A group of four very different gardens in Forest Hill will be opening for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.

These four very different hillside gardens are within a short walk of each other with spectacular views over London and the North Downs. Discover a sculptor’s courtyard garden (redesigned for 2015) crammed with unusual plants and the artist’s sculptures and ceramics (for sale). A small SE-facing garden has borders with rich colours within formal outlines to complement a modern extension plus mini meadow and a tranquil vegetable garden with seating, greenhouse and compost area. The front garden of another, inspired by Beth Chatto’s dry garden, has stunning borders in soft mauves, yellows and white, interspersed with drifts of red and purple poppies. A hilltop country garden is in two sections, with deep informal flower borders under mature trees, raised vegetable beds, a fruit cage, greenhouse, chickens, and wildlife areas to encourage interest and diversity. Story Hunt for children.

  • Saturday 20th June from 5-8pm and Sunday 21stJune from 2-6pm.
  • Combined admission – £7, which goes to cancer and caring charities.  Children free.
  • Buy tickets at Hilltop 28, Horniman Drive.
  • Refreshments available, tea and home-made cakes on Sunday.
  • Plant sales on both days at 27 Horniman Drive.
  • Sloping gardens – wheelchair access not easy.  No dogs except guide dogs.
  • Situated behind the Horniman Museum.  Short walk from Forest Hill station and bus routes.