Author Archives: cdove
Spring Gardening Activities

Spring is nearly upon us and there’s plenty to do in The Rookery. Join us for Volunteer Mornings on the 3rd Friday of every month or Community Planting Days later in spring…      

MPGA show support for the White Garden project

The Friends are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA) to support the purchase of plants for the White Garden. The MPGA has provided funding to purchase all of the new roses for the garden – Rosa ‘Iceberg’, Rosa spinosissima ‘Double White’ and Rosa ‘Little White Pet’. Some of the […]

Trees, shrubs and pumpkin soup!

The first Community Planting Day took place in the White Garden on Saturday. We were delighted with the progress we made. Over 20 volunteers came along to help – some old friends and many new faces as well. We concentrated on planting trees and shrubs to create the framework for the garden. If you take […]

Feeding the soil

Have you noticed a funny smell in the White Garden recently? You may have done as we have added over 20 tonnes of mushroom compost to the beds in the last few weeks in preparation for the new plants. Mushroom compost is a rich source of organic matter and is an excellent material for improving […]

Work begins in the White Garden

We held our first work day in the White Garden last Friday. Thirteen volunteers worked alongside Lambeth Parks to remove plants and start digging over the soil in preparation for the new design. We removed some of the large shrubs (such as the Asmanthus and Lilac) that are casting too much shade over the garden […]

Help us to transform the White Garden

Help restore this historic garden, learn about gardening and meet like-minded people!    

Display of competition entries at Streatham Library

Earlier in the year, we held a competition for local primary schools to redesign the Rookery Centenary flowerbed, the circular raised bed near the main entrance to the Rookery. We received over 40 entries from children at Crown Lane, Woodmansterne, Sunnyhill, and Hitherfield Primary Schools. We are delighted to say that a display featuring the winning […]

New Heritage Trail on display this Sunday

Have you ever wondered what The Rookery was like before it was a public garden, where the old Rookery house used to stand, or which plants in the Rookery come from South America? Now is your chance to find out! This Sunday, as part of Open Garden Squares, we will be running a Heritage Trail […]

Delightful delphiniums win the day!

The Friends hosted a stall at the community fete at the newly re-opened Streatham Library on Saturday. It was a great event – the hall was packed all day with local people collecting information from community organisations, indulging in the fantastic offering of cake from the W.I., and generally enjoying the buzz. We got the […]

Flowerbed design competition: Winner announced!

We’re delighted to announce that the winners of the Rookery Centenary Flowerbed Design Competition are the Eco-warriors from Sunnyhill Primary School. The Eco-warrriors are a group of 10 children from across different year groups who have shown a particular enthusiasm for environmental issues.