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Spitalfields Garden


Rear walled ornamental and vegetable gardens of a Grade II listed 18th Century House in Spitalfields, London E1


Located on Fournier Street, Spitalfields, this garden design incorporates an ornamental garden and a vegetable garden that wraps around a guest annexe and garage, the two gardens separated by a ruined wall designed by Julian Harrap Architects.

Christ Church Spitalfields designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor is visible from the garden on the west side and the focus of the ornamental garden revolves around a 14th century stone font that is repurposed as a planter and sits in an elevated position at the centre of the garden. Elsewhere, three sixty year old espalier Pear trees appear as if they have always been there, but unlike the gnarled old mulberry tree and an ancient looking wisteria, are in fact new inhabitants. 


Other key features of the gardens include brick paths and tile on edge detailing, raised brick beds, oak built vegetable beds, a cast iron pergola and a collection of antique lead, copper and terracotta planters along with a vintage marble dining table and an oak bench and chairs by Jamb.

The planting design is punctuated with flowers through all the seasons, from snowdrops at the beginning of the year through to tulips, heavily scented summer roses like Rosa ‘Boscobel’, autumn plants like Dahlia ‘Happy Single Kiss’ and salvias that hold onto their blooms well into the depths of winter.

Photos by Rachel Warne 

Films by Black Rabbit London

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