Larkhall Garden Trail – Monday 7th May
Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm unless otherwise stated
Take a trip around the secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall, dotted with some fascinating creations and the fruit of some very hard work.
Gardenalia, London Road
Richard Asbury’s delightfully eccentric shop on London Road is not just a business but a passion, having an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary garden ornaments, furniture, accessories and unusual gifts, all in a quaint setting. Specializing in organic garden products including seeds and compost, look out for some special Festival offers. Open from 9am till 5.30 pm.
Lambridge House, London Road
This large varied garden which runs from the road to the river is reputed to have one of the largest tulip trees in Britain as well as a large wellingtonia. It’s a blossoming garden at this time of year, with apple, pear, damson, wisteria and magnolia showing their colours. TEAS SERVED
Hillview Studio, 12 Hillview Road. Access by steps only.
The small garden of an artist designed using the ancient Japanese principle of shakkei (borrowed landscape) and planted for all year round interest. This year’s changes include new hard landscaping, structural hedges and perennial and grass planting. Seating and original sculptures in various materials throughout the garden.
The Ferns and Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane
Several garden rooms including tulips, aquilegia, apple blossom next to a nice old house. The crab apple orchard and mixed woodland sloping down to the Lam Brook at the back of the Garden Cottage is one of Larkhall’s best kept secrets. TEAS SERVED
5 Swainswick Gardens
Best Sustainable Garden in the Curo Housing Association Awards, this garden has plenty of plants to encourage wildlife to thrive, as well as bamboo and New Zealand flax.
10 Larkhall Place
Tony Ashford & Allison Talbot’s well-established vegetable garden Includes apple and pear cordons, soft fruit, raised beds and a polytunnel. The ornamental elements include a giant fennel (8 feet tall) the fedge (woven willow hedge) will be just waking up and the quince might be flowering. Come and chat about compost and dealing with snails.
3 Elm Croft, St Saviour’s Road
A long garden sloping down to the Lam Brook with solanum, holly, acer and some fine blossoming fruit trees including mulberry, pear and apple. TEAS SERVED
Large allotments with numerous plots. Cute sheds and Wendy Houses. Plenty of sowings e.g. spring cabbage. One of the best plots is Sue Johnson’s, like a cottage garden, at far top corner.