Join in London’s biggest garden-visiting weekend on 9-10 June 2018, when over 200 private and little-known gardens are opened to the public during the Open Garden Squares Weekend. These two days are the perfect opportunity to get behind the scenes in London and explore the green spaces and hidden gems of private gardens, roof gardens and behind London’s large civic places.
The typically Georgian and Victorian squares that are scattered across London were built specifically for Londoners to live in, providing a haven for wildlife and an important leafy space for city-dwellers. Gardens that take part in the scheme, usually closed to the public, range from roof gardens and community allotments to gardens on railway platforms and, at the grander end of the scale, Eaton and Belgrave Square.
In 2017, participating gardens included the small courtyard garden behind Rococo Chocolates in Knightsbridge where Moroccan tile mosaics sit alongside the fragrant plants – rose, lavender, geranium, mint and jasmine – which feature in Rococo’s chocolates; and Southside House in Wimbledon where formal and informal elements are combined in a garden that features wilderness, woodland, secret pathways and classical follies – as well as an orchard and small kitchen garden.
A visit to the Inner Temple Garden takes you into a historic world at the heart of London’s legal profession. The three-acre site features colourful herbaceous borders awash with dahlias, alliums and geraniums, a peony garden and a walkway lined with mature plane trees and woodland plants. Close by, check out the Master’s Garden and the Middle Temple Garden.
Get full details of participating gardens and opening times of each garden from Open Garden Squares Weekend.