It’s all a bit of a trek from Brighton so today I was taking things easy and had already watched the geese nibbling the daisies alongside the Thames and sipped fresh watermelon juice which came from a friendly riverside cafe.
It was my regular foray to the Poetry School when I saw the door open. At last a chance to see what had always seemed like a secret garden from the other side of the Palace clock! Apparently ‘The garden at Lambeth Palace’ has been a private garden since the 12th century – and it’s the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London.’ I had not known that it is open to the public once a month.
But now with only twenty minutes before my class…
It costs five pounds (for charity) to enter but even a flying visit seemed worth it – and it was! Here they have what would appear to be see the biggest and surely the oldest fig tree in the country.
Long tree-lined walks, a fountain, sculptures, a wonderful array of roses and deep blue irises. Just time to buy a tomato plant which I am promised will grow stripy tomatoes and then I have to rush to the class to wax lyrical hopefully, but I will be going back again very soon.
Lambeth Palace Garden will be open on the first Friday of the month between March and October, from 12pm to 3pm. Admission is £5 and there will be teas and coffees available to purchase.
The garden is open from 4 March 2016 on the first Friday of each month until October 2016. Teas and plant sales too.