National Garden Scheme: Spitalfields Gardens open day
Visit the courtyard garden at SPAB HQ, 37 Sptial Square. Also open in the group: 21 Pricelet St, 21 Wilkes St, The Rectory 2 Fournier St, 20 Fournier St, 29 Fournier St and 31 Fournier St.
Opening times 10am-4pm
Tickets £15 (covers entry to all gardens), no booking required
Plant sale in aid of NGS SPAB, 37 Spital Sq
For more information https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/29826/Spitalfields%20Gardens
The SPAB courtyard garden is an excellent example of what can be grown in a small space with virtually no direct sun. Shade-lovers such as climbing hydrangea, ferns, hardy geraniums, Hosta, Astilbe, Aruncus, Sarcococca and Japanese grasses all grow very happily. Many of the ferns are 'native' to the garden. Pelargoniums also thrive and flower all year round. Most years we have blackbirds nesting in the hydrangea. We also have planting in a trough at the front of the building where there is a little more sun and we concentrate on bee-friendly flowers there such as asters, Fuchsia 'Janie', hardy geraniums, foxgloves, aquilegias, and we don't mind if these self-seed a little around the trough. It's a mini-cottage garden in the heart of Spitalfields! We always do a small plant sale with proceeds going to NGS with plants either propagated from the garden or grown by Julie, our volunteer gardener, at home in Oxfordshire. This year we will have a mix of shade and sun-lovers such as baby hydrangeas, hellebores, hardy geraniums, annual plants, and some Begonia houseplants. All in small pots so they are easy to carry home.