Discover the hidden secrets in Bedminster's back gardens

April 26 2019
Bedminster's secret gardens

IF YOU like visiting gardens (or are just a bit nosey), make a date for Bedminster’s Secret Gardens on Saturday June 15 and Sunday 16.

One of Bedminster's Secret Gardens 

IF YOU like visiting gardens (or are just a bit nosey), make a date for Bedminster’s Secret Gardens on Saturday June 15 and Sunday 16.

More than 25 gardens are open to visit from 12-5pm, donations going to gardening projects that work with young and old people across greater Bedminster.

A free guide and map can be picked up from venues across Bedminster from May, including Riverside Garden Centre, the Southville Centre, Windmill Hill City Farm and Bristol Tourist Information Centre, and can be downloaded from www.bloomingbedminster.org.uk

Here are some highlights: 

A feminist retreat 

Most people tend to think of the garden shed as the man's domain, but one of our gardeners is proud to prove that's not the case. Tucked in the corner of this mediterranean-inspired city garden is the 'she-shed'. Carmel says, “After an hour or so pottering around my garden, my ‘She Shed’ is a perfect retreat where I can enjoy a G&T and listen to the Archers!” 

Find out more at Carmel's garden, 30 Langton Park, open Sunday only.

Get merry with perry 

Did you know that before Southville was built ,the area around Stackpool Road was called Perry Hill, as it was largely covered by apple and pear trees used for making cider and perry? One local garden is reviving the tradition by making Southville Cider, with apples from friends and neighbours.

Find out more at Nick's garden, 62 Langton Park.

A glasshouse in the sky

When space is at a premium in the city garden the only thing to do is go up! One gardener isn't letting any space go to waste. Whereas most people would see the roof of a shed as out of bounds, Elaine spotted the perfect place for her greenhouse. Reached by a ladder. the greenhouse is home to her more tender plants including pelargoniums, strelitzia and hibiscus.  On the roof, which gets the most sun in the garden, are her collection of Sarraceinas (carnivorous plants), some of which will be for sale on the day.

Find out more at Elaine's garden 11 Merrywood Road, open Sunday only.

As seen on TV

Rising to the challenge of gardening in a very small space, on two levels and mostly in shade, this garden was spotted by a television producer when they visited as part of the trail a few years ago. The result was that it was invited to feature in a piece about small gardens on BBC's Gardener's World. Visitors will be able to step from the small-screen into the real thing. 

Find out more at Matthew's garden (134 Stackpool Road).

Where shepherds rest

Imagine if your commute to work every day consisted of a walk along the garden path, and the view from your desk was beautiful cottage style planting. That's the case for this gardener who has a cosy shepherd's hut at the bottom of their garden that acts as a home office, not to mention a unique and very attractive garden feature.

Find out more at Lucy's garden 45 Foxcote Road.

• On visiting their first garden guests are asked to make a minimum £2 per person donation, they will then get a sticker to show they have donated. Children and well behaved dogs can visit for free. See guide for details of gardens where dogs are welcome.

All proceeds from the even will support local gardening projects that work with young and old people across greater Bedminster.