A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

The Arboretum

Stephens House & Gardens boasts some of the most unique trees in London such as the Common Medlar Mespilus Germanica. It is truly a magnificent garden in the city.

Although Robert Marnock designed the garden and grounds a lot of the tree life that is currently in the grounds was brought to the gardens by 'Inky' Stephens himself.

Some of the more prominent examples are:

Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

Blue Atlas Cedar

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’

Judas Tree

Cercis siliquastrum


Crateagus laevigata

Pocket Handkerchief Tree

Davidia involucrata

Purple Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’

Cock’s Comb Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Cristata’

Dawyck Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck’


Carpinus betulus

Fern-Leaved Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Heterophylla’

Weeping Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’

Copper Beech

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’

Single-leafed Ash

Fraxinus excelsior ‘Diversifolia’

Golden Ash

Fraxinus excelsior ‘Jaspidea’

Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba

Variegated Holly

Ilex aquifolium ‘Aureo Marginata’


Juglans regia

Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana

Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Bhutan Pine

Pinus wallichiana


Morus nigra

Plum Fruited Yew

Podocarpus andinus

London Plane

Platanus x Hispanica

Caucasian Wing Nut

Pteracarya fraxinifolia

Turkey Oak

Quercus cerris

Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

Hungarian Oak

Quercus frainetto

Pin Oak

Quercus palustris

Holm Oak

Quercus ilex

English or Common Oak

Quercus robur

Cypress or Pencil Oak

Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’

Red Oak

Quercus ruba

Cut-Leaved Oak

Quercus robur ‘Filicifolia’

Coast Redwood

Sequoia sempervirens

Turners Oak

Quercus x Turneri


Sequoiadendrun giganteum

Swamp Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Our Little Book Of Leaves can guide you around the gardens and pinpoint some rare and unusual examples. It is available from the reception in the house for a donation of 50p.

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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