Phoenix Community Garden, Shepherds Bush, London
We were lucky enough to spend the last weekend exploring the less well known and even secret gardens of London as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. It was a scorching hot June weekend so sunhats, sun cream and plenty of water we packed for our travels! With over 200 gardens made open to the public for the weekend, unfortunately we couldn't visit them all. So, with a carefully hatched plan, we headed out to see gardens from community farms, to rooftop gardens and tranquil garden respites by the side of tube stations. We will be posting about each garden we visited and this is the first instalment!
Phoenix Farm is our neck of the woods in West London, we were able to walk to this one and so it was our first visit of the weekend on Saturday morning. Although it was still morning, temperatures had already reached 27 degrees and the plants were enjoying a morning water when we arrived. At over an acre in size, the garden is a learning zone for the neighbouring school. We enjoyed walking through the greenhouses and seeing some ingenious planting ideas and growing plans for the rest of the year. There were also a number of polytunnel greenhouses growing tomatoes! As well as plants, this garden had beehives and a small corner with rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs. It was a tranquil spot in the middle of the surrounding housing and felt a world away from the busy city outside. One of our favourite things about this garden was how recycled materials had been used throughout- a greenhouse made of recycled bottles, and milk bottles used as growing containers for succulents!
The garden has won a number of awards and gardeners in the local area can volunteer to help maintain it throughout the year.