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Phoebes Garden Centre

Phoebes Garden Centre

The Friends of Beckenham Place Park Home Page Membership & Contact Us About the Park The Future Events and News Visitor Centre How to get there Map Pictures The Sensory GardenThe garden was created with funding from The Big Lottery Fund through Groundwork Community Projects program. Lewisham Council Green Scene permitted refurbishment of the rose garden area within the formal gardens of Beckenham Place Park. Several people, groups, organisations, volunteers performed work in the garden and some landscaping was contracted from Phoebes Garden Centre. The Friends volunteer team maintain the garden and the park gardeners work in some parts of the garden. We cooperate in exchanging ideas for improving the garden. The Garden is open to all to enjoy. We ask you to appreciate that the garden is for the enjoyment of everyone so please treat it with care, and not be tempted to pick flowers. Regretably not everyone is considerate as some plants have been stolen and please keep dogs on leads and not allow them to foul the garden. There are plenty of areas in the park for games, dog walking and other activities which may not be suitable for the formal garden.There are litter bins for any rubbish from picnics.The garden follows this plan for touch, sight, smell, sound as far as possible but some plants have attributes for more than one sense e.g. herbs that release scent when touched.These pictures show how the garden looks now (summer 2013) and how it developed from the overgrown rose and lavendar garden. July 2013, Plants maturing, folliage spreadingJuly 2013, Beds filling out with a variety of blossom, bees and scentJune 2013, plants establishing, lavendar coming into bloom, planting continues, bulbs dormant until next spring.The Rose Garden before work started, tired and overgrown, plants exhausted and beyond control.Paths undefined and overgrown The old plants have been removed, beds dug over and the garden waiting for the landscapers from Phoebes Garden Centre to begin work.After Phoebes work you can see the paths defined and surfaced, raised beds constructed and access ramp built. Here the Friends’ volunteers do more digging in preparation for planting. The worn out turf around the beds is due to be replaced by the park gardenersThe park’s gardeners have re-turfed the edges of the flower beds and levelled the soil. New lavendar plants have been put in the central circular bed around the bird feeder table.Wood chip mulch has been put on the beds by the community payback team and the first plants have been put in. Spring 2013, bulbs donated by Bulbs for London are coming into bloom. A stepping stone path throughh one of the beds can be seen in the foreground.Hyacinths in the foreground, Woodruff with white flowers. Spring 2013. Early 2013, More planting in progress, some plants from 2012 getting established.
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Phoebes Garden Centre

The garden was created with funding from The Big Lottery Fund through Groundwork Community Projects program. Lewisham Council Green Scene permitted refurbishment of the rose garden area within the formal gardens of Beckenham Place Park. Several people, groups, organisations, volunteers performed work in the garden and some landscaping was contracted from Phoebes Garden Centre. The Friends volunteer team maintain the garden and the park gardeners work in some parts of the garden. We cooperate in exchanging ideas for improving the garden.
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Phoebes Garden Centre

When I got my first car it was game over. The boot was so big, I could fit loads of plants and, plant pots and soil in there. When I moved to the Corbett Estate, the garden was just a patch of poorly maintained grass but full of potential. Several trips to Phoebes and Jean’s and I soon whipped it into shape.
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Phoebes Garden Centre

The Garden is open to all to enjoy. We ask you to appreciate that the garden is for the enjoyment of everyone so please treat it with care, and not be tempted to pick flowers. Regretably not everyone is considerate as some plants have been stolen and please keep dogs on leads and not allow them to foul the garden. There are plenty of areas in the park for games, dog walking and other activities which may not be suitable for the formal garden.
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Phoebes Garden Centre

I disagree, Garden centre are sdaly closeing all over the coutry. thay are a form of retail that have sufferd in recent years. many have been tradeing at a loss for along time and have no means to survive. Trust me I know was in this trade for decades and have witnessd first hand what has happened. Internet shopping has changed things forever. this is the end result, losing beautiful places like this. Houseing is the only thing that can be done with these old retail sites. thay simple no longer cover there costs retail wise. nor will thay ever again.
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During the early part of the 1900s, a lady called Phoebe started a small floristry business in Catford. From a small shop in Sangley Road, Phoebe built up her business selling cut flowers and plants and, of course, making up flower arrangements for gifts and funerals. The business thrived and in 1947, Phoebe and her husband, Ernest, bought a piece of land in Penerley Road, Catford. On this land they grew chrysanthemums and dahlias for the florist shop as well as to supply the cut flower market, then situated at Covent Garden.
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Welcome toPhoebesDuring the early part of the 1900s, a lady called Phoebe started a small floristry business in Catford. From a small shop in Sangley Road, Phoebe built up her business selling cut flowers and plants and, of course, making up flower arrangements for gifts and funerals. The business thrived and in 1947, Phoebe and her husband, Ernest, bought a piece of land in Penerley Road, Catford. On this land they grew chrysanthemums and dahlias for the florist shop as well as to supply the cut flower market, then situated at Covent Garden. 300 Happy Clients 1900 Won contracts 3500 Jobs finished
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Welcome toPhoebesDuring the early part of the 1900s, a lady called Phoebe started a small floristry business in Catford. From a small shop in Sangley Road, Phoebe built up her business selling cut flowers and plants and, of course, making up flower arrangements for gifts and funerals. The business thrived and in 1947, Phoebe and her husband, Ernest, bought a piece of land in Penerley Road, Catford. On this land they grew chrysanthemums and dahlias for the florist shop as well as to supply the cut flower market, then situated at Covent Garden.
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The garden follows this plan for touch, sight, smell, sound as far as possible but some plants have attributes for more than one sense e.g. herbs that release scent when touched.
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The business thrived and in 1947, Phoebe and her husband, Ernest, bought a piece of land in Penerley Road, Catford. On this land they grew chrysanthemums and dahlias for the florist shop as well as to supply the cut flower market, then situated at Covent Garden.

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