5 August 2020: The Porter’s Lodge shop is opening today subject to guidelines. Please FOLLOW THIS LINK Porters Lodge Gift Shop FOR GUIDELINES and opening times. Apologies that the Tearoom, The Church and the rest of the site remain closed to protect our elderly residents.
An oasis of beauty and tranquility, the Master’s Garden includes a wide range of plants with flowering interest throughout the year. The borders are very colourful in the summer months, with shades that are particularly sensitive to the historic location and grey garden walls. The garden includes a border planted to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The borders continue to be designed and watched over by horticultural expert and garden owner Victoria Wakefield, the former Chairman of Trustees.
The area incorporates the Compton Garden which commemorates Henry Compton, Master of St Cross from 1667-1675. He later became Bishop of London, when its diocese included America. Bishop Compton created the garden at Fulham Palace with plants from the New World at the time when they were very newly imported into England. This garden therefore also features plants introduced from America into England during Bishop Compton’s lifetime. These have been expertly researched and sourced.
The Compton Garden was relaid in 1986.
The tulip tree in the Compton Garden was planted by Her Majesty Elizabeth The Queen Mother to commemorate her visit to the Hospital of St Cross on 8th July 1986.
Another tree originating from the New World, a cercis Canadensis Texan White was planted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to commemorate her visit on 21st February 2008
The Hospital has an expert full-time gardener who sometimes make plants available for sale in the shop. He also helps the Brothers with their gardening if needed.
Visitors to the Hospital may visit the Master’s Garden.
Children must be accompanied. There is a large rectangular pond in the garden, in which the water is deep. They are asked to respect the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings so that the Brothers may continue to perambulate in the garden.
The Master’s Garden can also on occasion be booked for a private event, as can the adjacent Bowling Green.