Actually, it is St. Michael’s Convent garden, a 4-acre garden attached to the Convent on Ham Common, open today as part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend. It is also just a cycle ride away, which is handy, and not far from The Palm Centre nursery and Ham House (NT but also included within the venues for LOGSW). Afternoon tea, then.
The garden is divided into several distinct areas, a mix of ‘wild’ and cultivated, with paths, many mown through long grass, drawing you in and through the larger space.
- main lawn with 300 year old mulberry tree
- herbaceous borders
- new orchard with green walk and hermitage shelters for rest and reflection
- woodland borders
- cottage garden
- old orchard (mainly apple trees)
- greenhouses with 300 year old vine and conservatory for cacti and succulents
- herb garden
- walled vegetable garden
- cut flower border
- and the Pond of Plenty (with frogs, to eat the slugs)
A peaceful garden, though with evidence of a great deal of hard work, furnished with numerous places to sit and rest and reflect. Just as it should be then.