The Glasshouse

Food & creativity
Food & creativity
What wondrous life is this I lead
The team's vision is to enhance the character of the site. Working through play, passion and creativity we seek to nurture, create and contemplate, in Marvell's words, "other worlds and other seas".
To a green thought in a green shade
We are committed to enhancing the site by collaborating with a broad spectrum of artists, willow weavers and curators who see Omveds Gardens providing space to express our fundamental passion for sustenance and creativity through the connection with luscious clusters of vine plants ensnared with flowers. Artistic expression in a social setting taking you “to a green thought in a green shade”
The past
Riding a Crest of a Wave
A walk to Omved gardens would have been along Townsend Yard passing the picturesque landmark Jack Foster’s cottage and, looking further back down memory lane, clapperboard or shiplap clad cottages. There is no evidence of burgages or other features of historical significance. These cottages have long since disappeared, replaced at the lower end of the approach to Omved Gardens by car parks and garages.

Contrary to a touted misconception, for a hundred years and more, the Omved Garden site has been a privately owned nursery. Comprising two acres of steeply sloping land, riding a crest of a wave, it arcs northward from Highgate Ridge.
The present
Quiet and Unexpected Greenery
The Ham and High recounted in 1982 how the garden “centre is arranged like a huge drive-in shopping centre and customers can drive right into the nursery, stock up on plants and tools….and then drive up to the check out system at the exit.”

Acquired by Capital Gardens in 1986, it continued as a garden centre with extensive paved and tarmacked areas for pots and car parking.

It remained leased to Capital Gardens by Omved until summer 2016. Before Omved could gain possession of the site to carry out remedial works, it was illegally occupied.