Enchanting 150 yr-old cottage, home of two Royal Academy artists. 32ft x 12½ft garden on 3 patio levels. Pencil gate leads to colourful scented Victorian walled garden. Sculptures and paintings hide among the flowers and shrubs.
Unusual studio and garden room.
Sunday 28 May, Sunday 25 June, Sunday 23 July, Sunday 6 August (2 - 4pm). Admission £3.00, children free.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement May to December. Admission £3.00, children free.
Not suitable for wheelchairs; not suitable for dogs.
How to find us
Annalal's Gallery, 25 Millhams Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DN
Town centre. Park in Saxon Square PCP - exit to Millham St via alley at side of church.
More about Annalal's Gallery
Anna and Lall Sims, two working artists, have lived here for twentyfour years. The present small cottage garden has slowly evolved over the last few years after the partial rebuilding of the one hundred and fifty year old Victorian wall, which surrounds it, creating a micro-climate for plants and shrubs. As the area was relatively small, the idea was to create a sweet-smelling garden of interest and depth. This has been achieved on three different patio levels with rambling clematis and scented jasmine entwined archways leading through two sculptured pencil gates. The working studio is camouflaged with clamatis and honeysuckle. The pots and borders are bursting with ferns, lilies, cottage garden flowers and colourful grasses. Hidden amongst this variety of plants are sculptures by Lall and on the old walls hang Anna's paintings. On warm summer evenings the cottage is filled with the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. Entrance is through the cottage studio/conservatory (leading past a full sized pony rocking horse) where everything is handmade and sculptured by these Royal Academy Artists. Some works are for sale. A truly magical experience.