Whitgift Gardens are a series of fascinating, well maintained gardens in a number of original styles within the extensive grounds of Whitgift, all of which help to provide a stimulating environment for students. Head Gardener, Sophie Tatzkow, is on a mission to make sure there isn't another school garden as excellent as this to be found in the UK.
Wildlife and birds (wallabies, flamingos, peacocks in an enclosed area) are a feature of the School grounds.
How to find us
Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6YT
Train: South Croydon then 5 mins walk. Buses: 119, 197, 312, 466. School entrance on Nottingham Rd.
More about Whitgift School
Gardens to be open and shown during the NGS open day are: The Boarding House Garden, newly constructed in 2013, which is designed as an area to give Whitgift boarders a space to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
The formal Andrew Quadrangle shows off its manicured lawns, framed by tightly-clipped topiary and enhanced by a splendid Japanese Garden with an impressive Bonsai collection. Exotic birds roam freely.
The traditional Founder's Garden sits with splendid high walls and boasts amazing herbaceous borders, a long colourful rose pergola and a maze. The shelter of the walls offers a micro-climate to enable quite tender plants to grow. The long Front Border is a well-balanced garden of perennials and shrubs, and is a riot of colour early in the season with huge rhododendrons and thousands of bulbs flowering from early spring to mid-summer.
Newly planted in summer 2014, the Mediterranean Border takes you on a journey into an exotic garden with non-native specimen plants.