Mike Hill, our treasurer and show secretary, after an enforced absence in 2020 will once again open his Eltham Hill garden to the public on Sunday 13th of June 2021 as part of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival.
Pictures of previous open days can be seen by clicking here. Full details of the Festival, which takes place over two weekends of June in a host of gardens in Eltham, Greenwich, Charlton and Blackheath can be found here
There will be a plant sale and refreshments will also be available. Admission charges can be found on the Garden Festivals website and please note only cash payments can be accepted on the day.
Opening hours on June 13th will be from 2pm to 6pm.
The address is 118 Eltham Hill SE9 5EF and car parking is available on Eltham Hill which is also served by several bus routes, the nearest stop is Kingsground.
We were approached during lockdown earlier this summer by a garden club in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, the Hurstbridge Sow and Grow Garden Club. They too were under quite strict lockdown rules and as such had to cancel their regular meetings and events. However they successfully moved their meetings online using Zoom and asked if anyone within EAHGS would like to share with them in one of these meetings something about our society.
One of our committee members, Brian Greenwood, rose to the challenge and earlier this month joined one of their Zoom meetings and gave a powerpoint presentation via Zoom, a copy of which can be downloaded below for those who might be interested.
If you would like to know more about the Hurstbridge Garden Club they have a website which can be viewed by clicking here
Due to the coronavirus pandemic all physical events for 2020 have been cancelled.
Help clean up this wonderful local resource that used to be the Greenwich borough environmental centre on Sunday 29th September between 10am and 3pm.
Bring along your tools or borrow some if you need them and help restore this unique place of rural calm in the heart of our community. The entrance is directly opposite the entrance to Pippenhall allotments.
Tea and coffee will be available and bring a picnic and relax to the Celtic band.
77 Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PE
Jim Buttress, the People's Gardener, has unfortunately had to pull out due to unforseen circumstances but Mark Wasilewski, Superintendent St James's Park, has arranged for Steven Edney (head gardener at the Salutation, Sandwich) and Andrew Babicz, the secretary of the London Garden Society, both of whom were on the panel last year, to join him. Steven Edney will, again bring a selection of plants for sale. This should be a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and advice. Pick up some horticultural tips and get your questions prepared.
Cost: £7.50 inc tea/coffee and a cake
CANE, New Eltham Library, Southwood Road SE9 3QT
Discover a garden that excites the senses. Spring and summer bring vibrant blooms filling the place with colour and perfume. Winding paths, grand trees, lakes, cascades and bridges provide a varied landscape to explore as well as quiet spots to stretch out a picnic blanket. Off the beaten track nature thrives in the 300 acres of parkland and woods that surround the garden
For details of the visit please see the May 2019 newsletter here. Image copyright The National Trust.
Mike and Rosie Hill after a year off in 2018 once again opened their Eltham Hill garden to the public on Sunday the 2nd of June 2019 as part of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival. The weather was mostly kind to the visitors and over 100 people attended raising in total £1000 for the hospice. A big thank you to Mike and Rosie and to all the visitors who were so generous.
Noted London based garden designer and author of 'Great Little Gardens' Anthony Noel will be sharing some of his extensive knowledge on the subject of garden design with us on the 18th October at the St. Mary's Community Centre in Eltham High Street. The talk will start at 7.30pm and there will be a small entrance charge of £3 which will include light refreshments afterwards. All are welcome to attend what should be a fascinating insight into how to make the best use of your outside space no matter how small it might be.
Here is how Anthony describes himself on his website:
Over the past 25 years, my work has taken me from the humblest beginnings in a Fulham back yard to designing gardens in America and Europe. Whilst nearer home: as a consultant at Renishaw Hall, home of the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years. My style is classical (whether ancient or modern) with a dash of theatre, and a number of commissions have come from the worlds of music, theatre The smallest outside space is a potential garden to me, be it a window sill, balcony, family garden or ancestral acres. With sensible, practical and artistic planning between client and designer, I believe that any garden can be a Great Little Garden, at home or abroad, and it needn’t take a king’s ransom to achieve!'
St. Mary's Community Centre
180 Eltham High Street
disabled access and a lift. More venue details including directions on getting there can be
The Greenwich and District branch of Cancer Research UK, chaired by one of our members, Lesley Corti, are running a Gardeners' Question Time style event in April that promises to be of interest to all of us and will help the charity to raise funds for their valuable work.
The panel of experts will include Jim Buttress, the People's Gardener, who presented the Big Allotment Challenge on the BBC, Andrew Babicz, the secretary of the London Garden Society and Steven Edney, Head Gardener of the Salutation Gardens in Sandwich. Jim is a most entertaining speaker, an expert at the BBC's Gardeners' World Live and was superintendent of the Royal Parks for 25 years. Jim has been the society's guest speaker and prize giver at two of our recent annual shows and as you will already know is always an enjoyable listen. Andrew and Steven will also tell you a little about their jobs before all 3 will help you with your gardening problems.
Admission costs £7.50 which includes tea and cake
Venue: CANE, New Eltham Library, Southwood Road, SE9
The early summer outing this year is to Wakehurst Place, a house and 500 acres of botanic gardens owned by the National Trust and managed by Kew Gardens located in the High Weald West Sussex.
It takes place on Wednesday June 6th.
For more information please contact us by clicking here
Mike and Rosie Hill will once again be opening their award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 18th June 2017 between 2pm and 5pm as part of the first weekend of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival. Apart from visiting the garden visitors will be able to buy a selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are usually only available from specialist plant nurseries. Mike will also be selling his artisan honey produced in the garden and at Pippenhall allotments.
Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2014 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £3 for single garden entry or £10 to include all the gardens open during the first weekend of the festival or £15 to include all gardens open over both weekends of the festival.. All proceeds go to the hospice. Full details of the Festival can be found here
If you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.
This years AGM will take place at the Church Hall, Holy Trinity, Southend Crescent, Eltham, SE9 2SD from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please make every effort to attend as we need to re-elect committee members and elect a new Chairperson as well as considering any other business that may arise.
This is one of the National Trust's premier gardens in the south of England and is situated 5 miles south of Crawley.
The total cost including the coach fare and entry is £34 per person.
There is plenty to see and do and there is a cafe and plant sales area available to visitors.
If you would like to go please contact the scertary Richard Mattinson as soon as possible on 020 8859 8656 to reserve your place and get further details of departure and return times and pick up points.
The annual outing this year will be to the renowned Beth Chatto gardens near Colchester on Wednesday 8th June 2016. If you are interested in going please contact Richard Mattinson on 020 8859 8656 to check on availability and full travel details. The coach will depart from Eltham at 9.30am and return about 5pm.
Mike and Rosie Hill will once again be opening their award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 12th June 2016 between 12 and 5pm as part of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Open Gardens Festival weekend. Apart from visiting the garden visitors will be able to buy a large selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are usually only available from specialist plant nurseries. A list of the plants available to buy is available to download below.
Refreshments will also be available through the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2014 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £3 for single garden entry or £10 to include all the gardens open during the festival throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich. All proceeds go to the hospice. Full details of the Festival can be found on the Facebook events page for the Hospice. Last year Mike and Rosie raised over £1500 for the hospice
If you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.
The 2015 outing will be to the famous RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey. Since we last visited there have been many changes at Wisley including the opening of the new Glasshouse pictured above. Whatever your gardening interest there will be something for you at Wisley from model gardens, roses, perennial borders, allotments through to more specialist subjects like alpines and the trial fields. They also have a rather good plant centre if you find yourself inspired by the gardens!
There are several options to eat and drink at Wisley or you can bring a picnic should you prefer.
The cost including coach travel from Eltham is £15 per person. The first pick up point is Eltham High Street (Catholic church) at 9.30am, Westmount Road (Methodist church) 9.40am and Avery Hill Road at 9.45am. We plan to be back in Eltham for 5pm.
Picture above copyright Mark Boyce.
Our AGM will take place on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 7.30pm in the hall at Holy Trinity Church, Southend Cresent, SE9 2SD.
We would be grateful if as many members as possile can attend and have a say in running your society, and elect the officers for the next 12 month period. Free refreshements afterwards.
This years outing will be to Capel Manor Gardens, which has a wide range of attractions including:
Cost per person is £18 which includes coach transport, entry to the garden and entry to the raffle. Coach departs Eltham High Street 10am, leaves Capel Manor about 3pm to arrive in Eltham around 4pm. To book contact Richard Mattinson on 020 8859 8656 or go to our contact page to send Richard an e-mail
Mike Hill will once again be opening his award winning garden at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF, to the public on Sunday 18th August 2013 between 2 and 5pm. Apart from visiting the surprisingly large garden visitors will be able to buy from a large selection of choice garden plants at significantly lower prices than in garden centres. Many are only usually only available from specialist plant nurseries.
Refreshments including tea and home made cakes will also be available through the afternoon. Pictures of the open day in 2012 can be seen by clicking here. Admission is £2.
Volunteers are required to assist both on the afternoon itself so if you can help please contact Mike Hill on 0208 859 4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The map below shows where the garden is and if you are visiting by car there is plenty of free parking on Eltham Hill, or if travelling by public transport the 321, B15 and B16 buses stop a few yards away at a stop called Kingsground.
We look forward to meeting you on the day.
On Saturday 29 June 2013 from 2pm we will be holding a picnic / BBQ at the allotment site. Over the last year we have had a lot of new plot holders at the site and feel this would be a good
opportunity to welcome them and for us all to get to know each other. Plot holders and their family and friends and members of Eltham & Avery Hill Garden Society and their family and friends are
You will need to bring your own food and drinks, a BBQ, if you wish to BBQ and chairs etc and we will be using the area next to the shop to sit / set up so parking will not be possible in that area during this time.
The weather forecast is currently for a dry but cloudy afternoon with temperatures around 21 degrees which will be ideal, but in the unlikely event this changes and rain is forecast instead we will have to postpone and arrange another date.
Look forward to seeing you all there !
Mike Hill, our treasurer and show secretary, will be holding a plant sale on Sunday 9th June betweem 1 and 4pm at 118 Eltham Hill, SE9 5EF.
Those of you who attended the open garden and plant sale that Mike held in June last year will remember the wide range of choice and healthy plants that were available to buy at prices significantly less than those in garden centres or nurseries.
Many of the plants that will be on sale are winners of the RHS Award of Garden Merit or are usually only available from specialist nurseries rather than DIY stores or garden centres. All proceeds will go to the society to help us improve the facilities and equipment we have available for society members and tenants at Pippenhall allotments.
The list of plants that are available can now be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
If visiting by car there is plenty of free parking along Eltham Hill, and it is also possible to get there using buses, including the 321, B15 and B16, which stop a few yards away from Mike's house. The stop is called Kingsground.
We hope to see you there.
The 61st Annual Show will be held at St.Mary's School, Glenure Road, Eltham, SE9 on Saturday September 14th at 3pm. Exhibitor set up will be from 9.30am to 11.50am, and judging will then take place. The show opens to all at 3pm. Prize giving will commence at 4.15pm by our guest of honour, local MP Clive Efford. Full details and a downloadable schedule will follow shortly.
This years outing is to the RHS garden at Hyde Hall in Essex. We last visited 10 years ago and it will be interesting to see how the garden has developed in that time. As we are affiliated to the RHS, entry will be free, so the cost of the trip is £15 to cover transport costs. We will depart by coach at 9.30am in the morning and return by late afternoon and hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this year than last! There is a cafe/restaurant available for lunch but you are welcome to take a picnic should you prefer.
If you would like to go please contact Richard Mattinson by clicking here
Our AGM took place on Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the hall at Holy Trinity Church, Southend Cresent, SE9 2SD.
Our Chairman, president, and founder member Charles Strangwige retired at the AGM, after 61 years involvement with the society. For more information about the AGM please click here
The 60th annual show took place on a glorious late summers afternoon at St. Mary's School in Eltham and it was encouraging to see so many entries this year bearing in mind the very poor growing conditions we have all experienced this summer. A number of regular exhibitors were missing for various reasons beyond their control including a double puncture suffered by the Chairman, Charles Strangwige, on his way to the venue. However we were very pleased to see first time entries from a number of members, who mostly are plotholders at Pippenhall and we do hope that will encourage more to try showing next year.
Once the exhibitors had completed the staging of their entries just before midday, the three judges got to work to decide who the prize winners would be this year.
At 3pm the hall was opened to exhibitors and the public alike so they could then see who had triumphed. Many members of the society were present and one exhibitor, Clive Bennett came along in his 'uniform' as the Pearly King of Woolwich, and this certainly added an extra sparkle to the afternoon.
As the weather was so good many visitors took advantage of the tea and home made cake from the refreshment counter and went outside to enjoy the warm sunny weather. Others were tempted by the plants and local honey produced by our treasurer, Mike Hill, which were on sale through the afternoon.
4.15pm quickly came and everyone gathered back in the main hall for the prize giving which was announced by Mike Hill with prizes being presented by Charles Strangwige to mark his 60 years of support for the society.
The raffle was then drawn and Finn Dowling, the son of one of the Pippenhall allotment plotholders, assisted Charles by drawing the winning tickets before society secretary Richard Mattinson, presented Charles with a gift to thank him for his dedicated support for the society since he helped found it in 1952. Some exhibitors then collected their entries to take home, whilst others were sold off by Iris Griffin, before the event came to a close for another year.
We are all looking forward to next years event already, and the provisional date set for the 61st show is Saturday the 7th September 2013.
Around 150 people came along to the open garden today at Eltham Hill and apart from a few spots of rain about 3pm the weather was kind to us. The event proved to be popular with visitors and in particular the plants sales and refreshment stalls were kept busy all afternoon.
Thanks are due to Mike and Rosie Hill for hosting the event and sharing their splendid garden with all of us, and to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day and made it all possible.
Due to it's popularity another open day and plant sale are already being planned for 2013 so watch this space for more details.
Pictures of the 2012 event can be seen here
The allotment shop at Pippenhall is open every Sunday morning from 10am to midday until the last Sunday in November. It will then close until February.
Please could all tenants make sure the gate is always shut fully after entering or exiting the site and not to let anyone on site who does not have a key for the gate. There have been a number of instances of theft and sheds being broken into in recent weeks and we would ask tenants to report any suspicious activity to both the police and Greenwich council parks and open spaces department.
One of our members has experimented with growing potatoes in bags over the last two years. Read about his experience and advice to other container growers here
One of the tenants at Pippenhall has recently started a Pippenhall allotment blog. Have a look for yourself and register if you would like to contribute to this community. Click here to visit the blog
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
London SE9 2PE
(please do not use this address for correspondence)