Welcome to the Virtual Lansdown Open GardensHome
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic you can still enjoy a visit to six wonderful gardens in Lansdown. With the superb weather that we have had over the past months all these gardens are in prime conidtion and awaiting your visit.
There are six gardens: Hill House Richmond Hill, 9 Richmond Hill, 11 Richmond Road, Rannoch House Richmond Road,Somerset House Charlcombe Lane, and 9 Springfield Place. Many thanks to the garden owners for participating in the Virtual Lansdown Open Gardens and providing photos and videos.
Just choose the garden that you wish to visit, then click on one of the images and enjoy your tour of the garden.
After you tour do view our 20th Anniversary Celebration video. It is best viewed full screen if possible.
Hill House Richmond Hill
We started planting the garden 5 years ago following the construction of the house and it's still a work in progress. The plot is long and linear facing South. Exposed to the sun all day, much of the garden is suited to Mediterranean planting, so Olive Trees, Fig trees, and Rosemary have been used widely. Our lawn is faring less well in the current dry heat, although the grass we leave uncut grows more freely and looks healthier, and it is lovely to find the self seeded pink common vetch flowering in it.
The area we use most is the terrace, surrounded by olive trees, and plant pots filled with box, and flowering plants. Adjacent is a large flower bed edged with rosemary. The alliums are just starting to go to seed, whilst geraniums, euphorbia oblongata, roses and peonies are all doing well. This bed has a slightly wild nature, as do other areas of the garden. Leaving it less pristine seems to be good for insects and birds, so we try not to worry too much about encroaching grass, buttercups, and various other weeds that inevitably make their home here too.