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.
One of a group of award-winning East End community food gardens, run by diverse local communities. Food growing, fruit trees, pond, wildflower meadow, shrubs, nectar bars and bee-friendly planting, not far from Columbia Road's famous flower market.
This is a community garden project run by local residents. Everything in the garden belongs to everyone and all crops are grown and shared together. A feast of organic vegetables, salads, aromatic herbs, beautiful flowers and wildlife.