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12 Longmans Close

Hertfordshire's Tiny Tropical Garden. See how dazzling colour, scent, lush tropical foliage, trickling water and clever use of pots in a densely planted small garden can transport you to the tropics. Stately bananas and canna rub shoulders with delicate lily and roses amongst a large variety of begonia, hibiscus, ferns and houseplants in a tropical theme more often associated with warmer climes.

Owner Info

12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close
12 Longmans Close

About 12 Longmans Close

12 Longmans Close is a 90’s mid-terrace cottage and its gardens have evolved alongside the owner’s passion for travel and growing anything and everything exotic. The front garden, which faces onto the Grand Union Canal, is mainly gravel with a long herbaceous bed to one side. The graveled space is used for placing pots full of vibrant tropical flowers. Seating and private areas are created by the volume of planting. The back garden is in two parts – the densely planted terrace dominated by tropical colour which comes to life in summer for entertaining family and friends, and beyond that a small lawn surrounded by heavily planted beds including roses, canna, lilies, ferns, alstroemeria, perennial lobelia, salvia, hemerocallis, mirabilis jalapa and fuchsias. The fences have become invisible by covering with ivy, solanum, pink and white jasmine, and sweet smokey-smelling trachelospermum. The shed is cleverly hidden behind a mirror, spotted aucuba and fatsia. The terrace, with its large teak dining table is fully paved and without soil for planting. Many pots and tubs of various sizes are used to create an intimate tropical feel almost separated from the rest of the garden. Huge banana leaves, tree fern and scented brugmansia flowers sway overhead dancing to the sound of a trickling fountain. Houseplants are used to good effect during warmer months including tradescantia, begonias, spider plants, and hibiscus. Annuals such as amaranths, colocasia and alocasia, and various impatiens fill any rare gaps. With only a little imagination you can transport yourself to thousands of miles away from suburban Hertfordshire, Combine your visit with a picnic at Croxley Moor, just a short scenic walk away. Delicious home-made cakes available.

Location details

12 Longmans Close,
Watford,
Hertfordshire,
WD18 8WP

Directions to 12 Longmans Close
Leave M25 J18 (A404) & follow Rickmansworth/Croxley Green then A412 to Watford. Follow signs for Watford & Croxley Business Parks & then NGS signs. Park on neighbouring roads if you can.

12 Longmans Close openings

For this open day you can book your tickets in advance. Click on the yellow button below to book or you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Refreshments Home-made teas. Home-made cakes also available.
Admission Adult: £4.00
Child: Free
Opening times 14:00-18:00

For this open day you can book your tickets in advance. Click on the yellow button below to book or you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Refreshments Home-made teas. Home-made cakes also available.
Admission Adult: £4.00
Child: Free
Opening times 14:00-18:00

Visit by Arrangement

This garden opens for By Arrangement visits from 6 July to 1 September for groups of up to 10.

Please contact the garden owner to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a group or bespoke visit.

Refreshments Tea.
Admission Adult: £4.00
Child: Free

Accessibility

  • Access to the back garden is via some small steps.
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FAQs

Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at 12 Longmans Close at this time.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the garden at this time.

There are no plants for sale for the time being.

Sorry, 12 Longmans Close does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

12 Longmans Close is not explicitly a wildlife garden, but you may still find various indigenous flora and fauna.