(Photo: Catherine Miller)
All Saints Vicarage garden was originally part of Fulham Palace but was given to the church for a new vicarage in 1935.
There are a number of mature trees along the boundaries and some wonderful mature trees in the garden. The largest – and probably the oldest – is the magnolia in the lawn. This, together with the wisteria on the house, may be as old as the vicarage itself.
Beyond the dark-leafed maple is a newly planted small orchard of five apple trees, part of the planting of the Fulham Palace walled garden next door.
A wildflower meadow is sown annually around the apple trees. We are developing this part of the garden into a wildlife area with a bug hotel and a new beehive. We are planning to add more hives.
Next to the holm oak near the house is one of the most beautiful modern shrub roses, Rosa
'Cerise Bouquet'. Melianthus major
grows in and around her arching stems.
The focal point of the centre bed is a Cercis canadensis
'Forest Pansy'. An Indigofera pendula
was added a few years ago and a Ceratonia siliqua
last year, with two more planted in the garden. Rosa
‘The Fairy’, a modern shrub rose, grows in the front of the bed and flowers into the winter.
A huge Cotinus
on the west side lost some of its branches in a storm. The largest branch fell horizontally along the bed but stayed attached to the trunk, so virtually fills the whole of the top bed.
At the end of the garden is a silver pear, planted for the silver wedding of the previous vicar. The small play hut behind it is in memory of a very young parishioner who died suddenly and who often played in the garden. Behind it is a Hoheria
In the bottom bed a collection of ferns were planted in 2016 under the holly and space created around the Viburnum plicatum
‘Pink Beauty’. Behind this grows the relatively rare Mahonia russellii
The soil is sandy and stony and on the west side – the line of the old Fulham Palace moat – it is basically rubble. We are improving the soil slowly and also mulch thickly in order to conserve water and keep down annual weeds. We make as much compost and leaf mould as possible in the compost bays. We obtain chippings free from tree firms to make paths and for mulch in the woodland area at the front.