Sunday, 13 February 2011
The Pergola and Hill Garden
The Pergola is a large Edwardian structure built in the early 20th century: A raised terraced and colonnaded walkway, constructed to connect the two gardens belonging to a house then known as The Hill, which were separated by a footpath with public right-of-way.
The Hill Garden, a little park with a formal pond, gently sloping lawns and many benches to sit, is the garden that is farther away from the house; it is, like the Pergola, open to the public. The house, now called Inverforth House, and its adjoining garden are privatly owned.
At the Hill Garden end of the walkway, there is a summer house from where you have a good view over the trees of West Heath towards Harrow-on-the-Hill.
Approach the Pergola from North End Way; there's a path to left of Inverforth House, follow it down until you come to a gate on the right-hand side. Enter this gate, you're now at the Pergola. Enter it through the wooden door, then go up the spiral staircase. This is the southern end of the Pergola. As you walk along the walkway, you'll see Inverforth House and its private garden to the left and the kitchen garden down to the right.
When you cross the stone bridge spanning over the public footpath, you'll enter the colonnade with the summer house at its end. To the right is the Hill Garden. You can leave the Hill Garden through the gate at its northern end and either go back to North End Way, or follow the path ahead to Golders Hill Park.
There's a bus stop called Inverforth House where numbers 210 and 268 are stopping; take either of the two busses from Golders Hill Station, or in the opposite direction, 268 when you are in Hampstead or 210 when you are at Kenwood House.
You can also walk to the Pergola through West Heath, or from Golders Hill Park; there are some signposts leading the way.
The Pergola and Hill Garden usually opens at 8:30 in the morning and close one hour before sunset.
Links to other websites:
Photos of the Pergola and Hill Garden:
These photos were taken last year in May and June, which is is when the garden probably is the most beautiful. I've got many more photos from other times of the year on Flickr.
Bench and path in the lower part of the Hill Garden, May 2010
Spring flowers in the Hill Garden, May 2010
Yellow azalea in the Hill Garden, May 2010
Bright orange azalea in the Hill Garden, May 2010
The Hill Garden's formal pond with the Pergola in the background, May 2010
The Hill Garden seen from the Pergola, May 2010
Red rose climbing over the Pergola, June 2010
Honeysuckle climbing over the Pergola, June 2010
Pink rose with the Pergola in the background, June 2010
See more: My Pergola & Hill Garden set on Flickr