McMillan Herb Garden is a little community garden in Deptford/Greenwich, tucked away behind a brick wall just opposite Rachel McMillan Nursery on McMillan Street SE8. It is an enchanting little space full of beautifully arranged plants and artworks, lovingly looked after by Mick Bonfield who manages the garden, Diane Jones, Richard and other volunteers. And Sam, Mick’s dog, is always present. It is a close-knit community of local people who keep the garden going on a tiny, often non-existent, budget, and access is only possible at the occasional event, the summer workshops, or through Mick or Diane when they are doing work. Events include jazz or folk gigs and poetry readings (there’s always something happening August Bank Holiday), kids make mosaics and other artworks during the workshops (usually in August), and work involves planting things, grape and berry picking, and other necessary garden work. Sometimes groups of kids from the nursery are seen wandering around admiring the lovely garden in the summer. Some herbs are given to a local school, Diane makes a fantastic sorbet from the berries, and wine has been made from the grapes when the harvest was good.
The garden has an interesting past which you can read up on in the History section as well as in the Reports of 1999. There are also lots of pictures in the Gallery. We hope to see you at one of our events.