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Monday, 8 December 2014

Phoenix Garden

During the last weekend of November I visited this tiny garden in the West End of London called the Phoenix Garden. Created in 1984 by volunteers on the site of a former car park, it is often referred to as the Secret Garden.




It has won many awards as a community garden.


There are two ponds and it is said this is the only place you will find a frog in the West End.










                               







                            













Just a stone's throw from theatreland, on the last day of November, this garden was a hidden gem of colour. So many plants were still flowering.






28 comments:

  1. Pretty place.

    We don't have community gardens in the US. My theory is that Americans are really footloose. Move quite a bit. In Texas one year, Oklahoma the next, New York lures them a couple years later...so we don't set roots like older generations did. Take the time to enrich the neighborhood. Would rather spend co-op fees for landscapers to build sterile parks.

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  2. I wondered if these flowers are currently blooming, and you told me they are. It's a beautiful garden, and I would spend a fair amount of time in it if I lived nearby, especially near the pond, watching the fish and looking for a frog. :-)

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  3. I love these little secret gardens in the city and this is a really nice one. In fact, I never mind getting lost in London because I always find something fun like this. I wonder if those goldfish are freezing their fins now! Interesting fence, too.
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  4. What a surprising little wild oasis. The fence ironwork is like nothing I have seen before. I wonder what gold fish do if the pond freezes.

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  5. How charming. I would truly enjoy walking around there. Lovely!

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  6. Right off the book press...a PERFECT secret garden indeed.

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  7. A delightful little oasis it is indeed!! What a delightful place to spend some time -- and even better, time with camera in hand!! Wonderful captures for the day! Thank you for sharing the beauty!!

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  8. Wonderful - don't you just love these leafy and colourful havens in the midst of a City's hustle, bustle, concrete and glass!

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  9. Thank you for taking us to your secret garden. It looks perfect. I love little hidden gardens.

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  10. What a lovely secret garden. I always enjoy coming upon a new garden in a large city.

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  11. Great photos of a very elegant place !

    Happy Week,
    artmusedog and carol

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  12. Very pretty - I love green spaces like this in the middle of cities.

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  13. Dear Friend, Just stopping by to say HI. Hope you are having a good December so far. This will be a very different kind of Christmas for George and me this year. But—all in all, we are both enjoying being together and sharing our love with each other. What more can we ask for!!!!

    Other than a post today, I won't be blogging much until I start feeling better and get this knee/leg taken care of... I will try to at least read your posts (even if I don't comment)... I will however be posting off and on on Facebook (since it's so simple) if you want to check there when possible.

    Beautiful community garden... Can't believe that there is still so much in bloom the end of November... Gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. What a beautiful garden and how wonderful to be made by volunteers. It is great to see some greenery breaking up the city's built environment.

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  15. perfect place for relax and walikng..

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  16. What a pretty place! Great photos!

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  17. Well it definitely look like the last day of November with those still colourful flowers. The park must be very sheltered and make a welcome break from the nearby offices and other places of work for people seeking a little solitude and fresh air.

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  18. It really looks like a secret garden, hidden between the houses.

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  19. I love urban gardens ... The idea of hidden magic spots is so appealing. And when open to the public even better. Lovely park this one is!

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  20. Thats a very different sort of London view - I like it.

    The Lakes are one of the few things I would choose to import if I had the chance!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  21. What a wonderful secret garden it is!

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  22. I love this kind of gardens , so much love and devotion people put into it.
    If you want more informations about Madagascar let me know ! Amazing country but not easy to travel around.

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  23. What a lovely garden! The flower images are beautiful. And I am glad the frog has a home there.. Wonderful post. Enjoy your week ahead!

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  24. What a delightful community garden. Small gardens like this in urban settings are what of my favorite things.

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  25. Beautiful little garden. Love the little writtings on the bench.

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  26. Hi! How lovely this Phoenix Garden is! I enjoyed your photos very much. I enjoyed your former posts too. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. so many beautiful details in this garden. Love the benches and the gate first of all.

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