Good Gardens for Everyone

Watercolour art by Bea Wims

Building on our two award winning projects, the bird, bee and butterfly garden at Ham library and the allotments at Grey Court school, our project aims to create more “Good Gardens” - residential gardens that are environmentally kind as well as attractive to look at - in our community over the course of one year. We want to promote the ideas and expertise on wildlife friendly and resource saving practices in a changing climate through a series of events (workshops and guided walks) and our existing communications channels (newsletters, website, social media, the Ham & Petersham Magazine, etc).

We are working with local experts, e.g. from Richmond’s Biodiversity Partnership, Habitats & Heritage, and nurseries to providing locally tailored information, while also encourage residents to share their knowledge.

The project runs from July 2021 to June 2022.


Upcoming events: 

28th June - Planting for Pollinators - Improving your garden for wellbeing and wildlife. Talk by Alison Marsden. Booking required via Eventbrite.

About Alison: 

Alison Marsden is the founder of Gardening by Design. She has been providing gardening advice across the South East of England, and online, for over 10 years. She has delivered over 150 talks, classes and workshops, combining horticultural science with practical experience to explain the Why as well as the How of gardening. She specialises in Gardening for Wellbeing running social and therapeutic horticulture sessions for groups including residents in care homes, hospice day therapy and Dementia Cafés but also has a deep knowledge on environmentally friendly gardening. Visit Alison’s website


Past events:  

Growing good. A walk and talk on sustainable food and flower growing with Ham House gardeners Vanessa Park and Janette Slack-Smith. - 29 April 2022

Adapting gardens to climate change. A guided tour of Ham House Gardens with Head Gardener Rosie Fyles. - 4 March 2022

Attracting garden birds. A talk by bird enthusiast John Gard. - 11 November 2021

How to get the best out of water in your garden - A walking tour of residential ponds and water harvesting systems. - 17 October 2021

Green grafting for a greener environment - An informative tour of the Wates Estate’s gardens with local garden designer Thérèse Rebeiz. - 25 September 2021

Good Gardens launch party - 6 July 2021


Resources: We have put together some excellent resources from books and websites to podcasts and videos to help you turn your own garden into a "good garden". Click here to view them. 


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Artwork kindly provided by local artist Beatriz Olivares Vela. Follow Bea on Instagram @bea.wims. 

Good Gardens for Everyone is funded by Richmond upon Thames' Local Area Fund.

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