Deptford, Southeast London was home to one of England’s greatest horticulturists John Evelyn. The John Evelyn Community Garden in collaboration with Sayes Court Garden will be celebrating his work by investigating his writings:
Sylva – discourse on trees and their importance for a healthy city;
Kalendarium Hortense – one of the earliest gardening calendars to be published;
Directions for the Gardiner – a unique record of the maintenance and management of his gardens at Sayes Court and
Aceteria – a 17th century cookbook celebrating the salad: growing salad plants, preparing salads and salad dressings.
At the John Evelyn Community Garden we will be sowing and planting edible plants he grew in his ‘Olitory-Garden’ or kitchen garden. We will also be designing and planting a new bed this year. Taking inspiration from John Evelyn’s garden at Sayes Court we will be creating a bed that incorporates both edible and decorative plants from species he had in his garden.
We will investigate the origins of these plants at a time when new plants were being introduced from across the globe in the 16th and 17th centuries, or accidentally introduced by the ships coming and going from the Royal Dock yard in Deptford.
Who can attend: All welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting mucky and stout shoes. Gloves and light refreshments provided.
From Surrey Quays station the John Evelyn Community Garden is a 20 minute walk along south along Lower Road turn right on to Plough Way. Turn right on to Grove Street until you get to Windlass Place.
You can take a 199 bus (toward Bellingham) from Surrey Quays Station to Windlass Place.