Londoners are to get a new ‘pocket park’ this spring

Londoners are to get a new ‘pocket park’ this spring

Londoners are to get a new ‘pocket park’ this spring – and it’ll be floating over water.

London Garden

The park at Merchant Square in Paddington is suspended over the Grand Union Canal in one of the busiest areas of central London. The 730 sq m space was designed by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Young Garden Designer of the Year, Tony Woods, and features lawns, nectar-rich raised borders, and communal seating. The mixed planting of perennials and grasses provides colour from stems in autumn, scented winter flowers, spring bulbs and an abundance of summer flowers. Further planting is designed to encourage wildlife, with a separate pontoon designed to attract ground-nesting birds. Visitors will reach it across a series of decked platforms and walkways across the water.

Inspiration for your own 'pocket park'

Most people can’t quite manage a floating park in the back garden – but water is always a great opportunity to bring in wildlife and create a calm, relaxing space in the garden for dreamy days spent dipping your toes in the pool and watching the dragonflies. Building a pond in your garden isn’t difficult and will add a whole new dimension to your outdoor space. Pop into the garden centre here at Pickering and ask our knowledgeable staff for advice - we’ll be delighted to help.

You might also be interested in:

Move houseplants outdoors

Move houseplants outdoors for a summer holiday so they come back inside refreshed and ready to give you their usual superb display next winter.

Most houseplants enjoy a spell outside in the warmer weather, including cymbidium orchids, ficus, peace lilies, bromeliads, and Christmas cacti. Keep more delicate, water-sensitive plants like African violets and moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) indoors, though.

Move houseplants outdoors

Th...

Read more...
It’s British Flowers Week

It’s British Flowers Week – your chance to celebrate the best of British grown, beautifully fresh cut flowers and foliage.

Pop into the garden centre here in and treat yourself to a gorgeous bouquet of in-season British-grown flowers to mark the occasion: right now you’re spoilt for choice, with roses, alstroemeria, lilacs, freesias, lavender,  pinks and sweet williams all in season and flowering their socks off. Put together your...

Read more...
Train your cordon tomatoes

Train your cordon tomatoes to encourage lots of fruit on a big, vigorous plant. Tomatoes either grow on a bush, in which case it doesn’t need training or a vine. Those grown as a single-stemmed vine are known as ‘cordon’ tomatoes and are trained to increase production and stop side shoots growing into an untidy plant.

Train Tomatoes

When you pick up your ready-grown tomato plants from the garden centre here in make sure you co...

Read more...
Plant of the Week: Viola

Shy little violas are familiar as winter bedding plants, flowering stoically (and prettily) through the coldest months. But did you know there are summer violas too, every bit as dainty as their winter cousins?

Perennial violas are little beauties with deliciously scented flowers. They make fantastic ground cover, spreading merrily to make a flowery carpet at the feet of roses and other shrubs all summer. And there’s such a wonderful array of colours to cho...

Read more...