FiSH Open Garden Event,East Sheen, A Wonderful Surprise
We had an open garden event in East Sheen, organised by FISH, last weekend. I am sure it has been running for a while now once a year, but this year though I had seen the posters it didn’t ‘register’ in my mind. What a mistake. Jenny who runs FISH locally lives on our street and put forth such a great visionary picture for the event that I felt compelled to try it.
I could already see plenty of people walking around locally with maps, and all I had to do was get my £10 out for my ticket, get a map and have fun finding the local generous hosts who had kindly decided to open their gardens to the public.
The sun shone as I walked for 2 1/2 – 3 hours around my local area. Most of the time I was completely in awe of what I had just seen.
Some of the houses you wouldn’t even know existed as they are down long paths unseen in the depths of mystical greenery. There was also the added bonus of a classic car viewing down one of the streets for all you car enthusiasts.
There were classic gardens, preened to pristine condition with manicured lawns that you could eat your dinner off. The houses were glorious and in such a variety of architectural styles and period. One particular garden was lush and you could smell the abundant flora even as you approached, it reminded me of the headiness from the plants you get in the Caribbean, so pungent. Another garden had an Eastern versus Western twist, I fell in love simply with the pool house, let alone the main residence. This had a vintage brickwork pool with an elegant 30yr old Japanese Wisteria hanging like mermaids tresses from a stone pergola.
So next year make sure to save the date, take a bottle of water, or you might be tempted to take a sip of the various cups of tea, sample some cake or have a glass of Pimms, that are also offered for a small fee by the hosts of some of the gardens.
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Here are some visuals of my experience. Until next time, Justine xxx