28 St Ronan’s Avenue, Southsea, Hants, PO4 0QE opens as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) with another garden at 67 Gains Road, Southsea, PO4 0PJ on the following dates: Sundays 12 April and 7 June 2020 2-6pm. Admission is £4 to see both gardens. Tea and homemade cakes are available.

The NGS raises funds for charities by the public and organisations opening their gardens to the public and has donated a total of £58 million to nursing and health charities and made an annual donation of £3 million in 2019. Our core beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

28 St Ronan’s Avenue is a town garden and was first planted in 1999. It is divided into adjoining areas and incudes dry gardens which are never watered, a wildflower area, ferns and succulents. Many plants are of interest and include tree ferns, dicksonia Antarctica and cyathea. A range of agaves can be seen some of which survive in the ground in the winter. In April there is beautiful display of tulips followed by alliums in May and June. Echium pininana grows well and is a prolific self ‘seeder’. It’s the plant visitors ask the most about.

The garden has evolved and we have learnt what grows well in the dry and sandy soil. Frosts are less than the usual for the UK due to the proximity of the sea about 700 metres away.