St Mary's Secret Garden

St Mary's Secret Garden
(Photo: Gavin Gardiner)
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Open:
Saturday 10:0020:00
Description:
This community garden covers three-quarters of an acre. It offers horticultural therapy and training for people with mental-health issues, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other health problems, so as to enhance everyone’s physical and mental well-being.

We provide gardening courses and training for the local community, specialising in food-growing initiatives. We also provide outreach services to other organisations and planting workshops at festivals and events.

There are herbaceous borders, a herb and sensory area, vegetable areas, a woodland with working honey beehives, a small orchard, a small pond, a wildlife meadow and a greenhouse - all maintained by service users, learners and volunteers. 

Our Wish You Well garden, created for and by people with experience of mental distress, is now open for everyone to enjoy. There are many areas of the garden for sitting and relaxing. Or, if you are more active, follow the mini-beast trail and watch our honey bees at work.

The garden has featured in the national press as one of the top 10 secret gardens in London. In 2012 we were cited as an example of good practice in food growing and urban agriculture projects research by City & Guilds. We have gained our Green Flag Community Award for the last 4 years. We won Gold for best voluntary garden (professional) in Hackney in Bloom in 2012 and 2013 (unfortunately this prestigious competition no longer exists!) and also feature in the book A-Z of London Gardens.
Director:
Paula Yassine
Activities:
Low-cost organically grown plants for sale, including herbs, annuals, herbaceous perennials and even trees, if you have the room. Seasonal vegetable produce. Garden made jams, chutneys and our own secret honey. 'Pop-up' cafe with snacks and cakes produced by volunteers, staff and service users.
Other activities and events to be confirmed nearer the time - please see website for details.
Entrance:
Corner of Pearson and Appleby Streets
Nearest postcode: E2 8EL
Sells tickets.
Journey Planner
Buses:
26, 48, 55, 67, 149, 242, 243, 394
Station:
Hoxton
Cycle hire station:
Hoxton Station (Map)
Toilets:
Disabled toilet on site.
Access:
Fully accessible.
Dogs:
Dogs on leads
Further information: