Saturday, 5 February 2011
Discovering Cannizaro Park
This was a judgement Cannizaro Park surely didn't deserve, it is a beautiful place that alone is worth a trip to the area; I've been back there several times over the last year.
The odd Italian name comes from a house with the name Cannizaro House, which stands adjacent to the park--its former gardens--and is now a hotel. The house got its name from a Duke of Cannizzaro (a locality in Sicily), who lived there in the 19th century.
Cannizaro Park has been open to the public since the late 1940s, when the house and gardens were sold to the local borough council.
Early in the year, there are snowdrops and crocuses, soon followed by camellias. There are daffodils and bluebells in spring, as well as rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. There are roses in summer, and maples and other trees make the park a blaze of reds, oranges and yellows in autumn.
Many of these plants have their own area within the park: Snowdrop Glade, Daffodil Walk, Rhododendron Walk, Azalea Tunnel and Azalea Dell, Laburnum Walk, Maple Avenue.
Besides, there's the Sunken Garden, which is next to Cannizaro House, and the Dutch Garden nearby; there is the hidden Rose Garden, the Italian Garden (where the kitchen garden used to be), and more.
(See the map below for more details.)
I always find that visiting Cannizaro Park is like exploring a secret garden, with its open lawns, woodlands and secluded gardens, and as it is a bit off the beaten track, I've never seen it that busy.
How to get there:
The easiest way to get to Cannizaro Park is to get to Wimbledon and then take the 93 bus to Wimbledon War Memorial. Walk to Westside Common and there's an entrance next to Cannizaro House.
Alternatively, you can access the park through a back gate, down of a path off Camp Road, if you're coming from Wimbledon Common.
Here's Google map I made, showing the individual parts of the gardens and what plants there are:
View Cannizaro Park in a larger map
Links to other websites:
Photos of Cannizaro Park:
The Birch Grove in spring, May 2010
Azalea Dell and Rhododendron Walk in spring, May 2010
The Dutch Garden in summer, June 2010
The Sunken Garden in summer, June 2010
See more: My Cannizaro Park set on Flickr