Saturday, 10 January 2015

Avery Hill Winter Garden

Recently I heard that Greenwich University is planning on selling its Mansion House site, including its Victorian Winter Garden - which I didn't realise until now is actually the second largest hot house in the UK after Kew.

I have very fond memories of visiting the Winter Garden many times as a child, probably so my mum could get us out of the house for a bit on a Saturday, and being enthralled by the exotic plants - there was a banana tree! Although it's not quite as grand as I remember, I still enjoy visiting it a few times a year.

So last Sunday, on a foggy morning, we decided to pay a visit and take some photos of the Winter Garden in all its dilapidated glory.

Victorian Avery hill winter garden in the fog, Eltham, London


cacti and aloe vera

succulents

Victorian glasshouse roof with palm trees


Plants reclaiming the old brickwork


pond with statue of reclining lady


glasshouse roof, avery hill winter gardens, eltham, london


macro shot of dew beads on leaves

grey squirrel in a tree

It would be a tragedy if we were to lose this historic site and, if anyone reads this blog, I urge you to show your support for the Winter Gardens by joining this facebook page or visiting www.averyhillpark.org.uk where you can find information about public meetings.