Balham's Secret Garden

On fine, warm days guests can enjoy breakfast under the pear tree in the beautifully planted  garden. Transformed from a heap of barbed wire and builders' rubble, this secluded garden is regularly included in the National Gardens Scheme's prestigious Yellow Book.

Walk past the Mediterranean style front garden, through the house, to a tranquil oasis at the back.   A cool eucalyptus reaches for the housetops whilst a well established pear tree looks down on a walled garden full to bursting with planting both familiar and surprising. On the sage green back wall a mimosa tree and  black-stemmed bamboo vie for position  with abutilon and myrtle.  On the balustraded wooden balcony outside the kitchen there are herbs in raised troughs and a vibrant orange trumpet vine. 

Visitors' comments

What a pleasure to feast the eyes upon .. thank you for being such an inspirational gardener.

Your garden is a delight. The result of much thought, imagination and care.  Altogether a very enjoyable experience.  Thank you.

Your garden is one of the prettiest I have seen, both front and back.  It is amazing how many plants you have managed to fit in without it looking cramped or overcrowded.  Everything has found its place.

Click here to read the article Georgina's Garden by Victoria Summerley, Garden Media Guild's Journalist of the Year 2010

Click here to download the Plant List

'Bishop of Llandaff'

Drought-tolerant plants
in the Mediterranean style front garden

The lush
rear of the garden


Physalis Alkekengi
(Chinese Lanterns)



NGS Open Garden Dates 2016


Sunday Afternoon June 5th : 2.00 - 5.30pm Admission £3.50 Tea and Cakes £2.50

 Wednesday Evening  June 8th : 6.00 - 8.30pm Admission £4.50 to include a glass of prosecco. 

 Individuals or  groups are also most welcome to visit  by appointment. Coffee and cakes; tea and scones or Prosecco and canapés will be available if requested.  

Please contact Georgina Ivor:

Tel:         +44 (0) 20 8673 7179      
Mobile: +44 (0) 7941 960199

All proceeds will be donated to the NGS charities, with a share to Trinity Hospice.  

Click here to visit the National Gardens Scheme's website