COST £15 ON THE DAY
Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30 start
Start from East Putney Station (District Line: cycles allowed on Sundays).
The ride will visit gardens in the Roehampton and Richmond areas. Return by train from Richmond.
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability has been on its beautiful elevated site on West Hill, Putney since 1863.
There are views over north west and south west London.
The grounds include an award-winning cloister garden and several patient gardens.
Lancelot 'Capability' Brown had a hand in designing the estate, as did another prominent landscape gardener, Humphry Repton.
The considerable role played by both Brown and Repton in the design of the grounds makes the gardens of great interest.
Brown designed an open landscape of grass and trees, a lake and a home farm.
Evidence of his original designs remain.
The gardens were laid out at the time of the formation of the Club in 1901 and, although many changes have been made within the estate, the gardens remain at its heart with many of the original features.
There is an attractive vista from the back of the clubhouse, which leads through a sunken garden with ornamental pond to a yew-hedge walk and finishes at an attractive pavilion.
Beyond a wrought-iron gateway is a rockery and herbaceous walk with seating bays featuring fig, roses and wisteria climbers.
The adjoining croquet lawn is flanked with attractive shrub planting and trees of interest.
Head Gardener: Steve Hutchens
Grove House Estate and Downshire House (Roehampton University)
Roehampton Great House originally stood on this site, built in 1625 for the Lord High Treasurer of England under Charles I.
Some of the foundations are still visible in the cellar of Grove House. James Wyatt built the present house in 1792 for Sir Joshua Vanneck.
Now part of Roehampton University, the beautiful listed grounds of Grove House were first laid out in the 18th century.
Downshire House was built around 1770. The owner from 1912 to 1920 was Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty.
In his time, extensive formal gardens were laid out, of which a small part survives to the north.
In 1949 Downshire House was the last of the Roehampton villas to be used as a private residence.
Capital Growth garden: 26
Woodville Day Centre
The garden was originally designed as an accessible sensory garden for dementia clients attending the Woodville Centre for day care. It has a circular central feature with brightly
coloured spheres and shapes, surrounded by walks with raised beds and covered contemplation areas.
The beds are planted with a variety of shrubs and perennials, providing permanent colour and shape which is enhanced with annual planting.
There are mixed borders surrounding the building which frame the sensory area. A lawn area has been planted with flowering trees and has benches to allow clients to sit and enjoy the garden spectacle.
The garden offers easy access for all, is fully secure and we hold activities and garden groups in the summer months. It enables clients to socialise in safe and relaxing open-air surroundings.
Strawberry Hill House
Strawberry Hill's 18th-century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. With its winding paths, groves of trees and scented plants such as lilacs and honeysuckles 'hanging down in festoons', this beautiful landscape, designed by owner Horace Walpole from 1747, contrasted with the popular styles of the time. The newly opened recreation of Walpole's Serpentine Walk uses many flowering trees and shrubs. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful landscape, explore beautiful surroundings and admire the unforgettable view of the picturesque castle. The popular café overlooks Walpole's Acacia Grove and the community garden, with its beds of herbs and vegetables.
Gardener in Charge: Ashley Edwards
email@example.com or 0794 980 1698
for further details.
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