Brixton GardenIn Print Soon
Following the plethora of photographers who launched themselves upon Brixton Road Garden in September, the results are beginning to come to fruition. The London Garden book A-Z by Abigail Willis is due to reach the shelves in just over a months time. We seem to be doing quite well on the publications front. We graced the pages of the Architects Sketchbook in 2011, and now the green fingers in the office get there turn.
London is home to over 3 million gardens, from pocket handkerchief front yards to historic horticultural sites like Westminster College Garden (over 900 years old and still thriving). For many city dwellers, green has become the new black and a new style of gardening has emerged, reflecting London’s diverse population. Allotments and community gardens allow gardenless urbanites to enjoy tending plants and harvesting their own food, fly by night guerrilla gardeners convert neglected public land into verdant oases while vertical planting techniques create gardens that soar into the sky. Tenacious, adaptable and imaginative, London gardeners see opportunities in the most unlikely of places - bombsites, railway and canal embankments, roundabouts and tree pits. This book celebrates the wealth of London’s gardens with an inspirational compost of specially commissioned photographs, reviews, practical gardening advice, and useful listings of horticultural societies and projects, plant nurseries and more.