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St Joseph's Hospice Garden

St Joseph's Hospice Garden
(Photo: Candy Blackham)

The Garden

When the Hospice opened in 1905, the Religious Sisters of Charity were delighted to have a garden for patients' recreation and contemplation. As the hospice has expanded it has kept its garden; the therapeutic value of nature is well researched, and the Hospice aims to provide an environment conducive to healing.

A booklet published soon after the Hospice opened described how, "beyond the passage, there is a glimpse of a bright place with glass walls; an open doorway to a country garden - yes, a country garden even among the town labyrinth of this poor quarter. Did we not say we were stepping out of Mare Street into another world?"

There are seven distinct areas, including roses, traditional perennials, half-hardy tropical plants, annual bedding schemes, water features, and container planting. The Centenary Garden and Leroni Garden have both won medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Head gardener: Jocelyn Armitage

Further information on London Parks & Gardens Inventory

Visitor Information

Saturday 10:00–17:00
Sunday 10:00–17:00
Cream teas and other refreshments. Fundraising stall.
Mare Street, north of Victoria Park Road
Nearest postcode: E8 4SA
Map of nearby bus stops
London Fields (0.5 km), Bethnal Green tube (1.25 km)
Cycle hire station
Victoria Park Road (Map)
Disabled toilet on site
Some slopes
Dogs on leads

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