Uxbridge in Bloom.

Gardening in Uxbridge.

Spring is here, summer is coming. And what better time to get your gardening fix! To get you started we’ve rounded up some of the ways you can get involved in some green-fingered fun in Uxbridge – with an added bit of history too.

Hillingdon’s history of gardening

In the early 20th century, the Harmondsworth area, now dominated by Heathrow, was known as a centre for market gardening. According to the 1851 census, Shropshire widow Frances Cooper was the only recorded market gardener. 50 years later, the market gardeners trade grew exponentially. At least 20 market gardens and 120 market garden laborers were recorded in the 1901 census, where the main crop was strawberries that were carried to London via the Great Western Railway.

A key firm at the time, Wild and Robins, began on a farm near Sipson in the 1900s. It began when Thomas Wilde took on Rowland Richard Robbins as his junior partner and, by 1931, were reported to be growing everything from cabbages, leeks and marrows to potatoes, kale and spinach.

Close by, Frederick Jonathan Smith was also listed as a jam manufacturer at Wall Garden Farm in 1911. This was due to his father moving to the area after becoming bankrupt. He decided to set up a jam factory to make use of the area’s fruit.

OK so that’s enough of the past, here is what’s going on in Uxbridge that you can get involved in today…

Find your local gardening group

In search of a place to chat, garden and enjoy being in nature? Check out the RHS’s find a group feature on their website here.

Uxbridge has many gardening clubs in and around the local area including:

Enter a competition

Whether you’ve got tip-top gardening skills, or you’re experimenting with your window boxes, why not enter the 2021 Hillingdon in Bloom competition?

There are lots of different categories to enter for all abilities:

  • First-Time Entrant
  • Window Box
  • Rainbow Display
  • Hanging Basket
  • Balcony
  • Residential Garden
  • Roome Cup
  • Park and Bloom
  • Display (including novelty display)

To enter, complete the online form and await your confirmation email. Once received, you can upload your best three photographs per category to be in with a chance of winning. And what are the prizes? Winners will be awarded a RAGC/RHS Garden Centre voucher, as well as a rosette and certificate in November and will also have the chance to feature on the council’s website, social media, and in the Hillingdon People Magazine!

Recap the 2020 winners here!

Visit a garden centre

Family-run garden centre, Smiths, pride themselves upon their rich heritage and reputation. Visit and browse their plants and shrubs, stoneware, pots, and planters or pick up some gifts in their gift and home shop.

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5:30pm

Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Prefer to order from the comfort of your own home? Make use of their click-and-collect service, or order your gardening bits to your house via their online shop.

Get your garden done

Looking to get your garden redone, or perhaps you need a new pavement? Check out local landscapers Southernwood for anything garden design and construction. For more information on their services check out their previous projects here or contact them to talk through your visions.

Enjoy the Green spaces

Prefer to enjoy the many green spaces in and around the borough of Hillingdon? Check out our 6 Uxbridge walks or Top 20 things to do in Colne Valley Regional Park posts!

Something we’ve missed? Share your favourite places to enjoy all things gardening with us and we’ll add them to our Uxbridge in Bloom guide!