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35 WAVENDON AVENUE | CHISWICK | LONDON
Located on a beautiful tree lined avenue in one of the most sought after and desirable areas of Chiswick. The JLB team have spent 18 months extending and restoring this unique 5 Bed family home.
Although today it’s Chelsea that’s known as the home of the flower show, the first recorded flower show in Britain was actually held by the Royal Horticultural Society in Chiswick on 25th May 1833.
The fêtes held at the Horticultural Society’s Chiswick gardens were one of the main events of the London ‘season’ with carriages to Turnham Green lining the road from Hyde Park Corner.
The first fête was held in 1827 and by the 1840s there were three fêtes a year in May, June and July (the last fête in Chiswick was in 1857). Produce from the garden was displayed in a long line of large marquees; refreshments were provided and regimental bands entertained visitors throughout the day.
The Royal Horticultural Society had its experimental gardens in Chiswick from 1822 to 1904. They occupied the land now covered by Alwyn Avenue, Barrowgate Road, Hadley Gardens and Wavendon Avenue.
The Society leased the 33 acres from the Duke of Devonshire. They adjoined the grounds of Chiswick House so a private gate was inserted between the two properties to enable the Duke to enter the gardens whenever he chose. Half the gardens were allocated to fruit and vegetables; 13 acres to flowers and shrubs and there was an eight-acre arboretum.