Open Garden Squares – Secret London Unlocked
One of the nicest things about London is the relative wealth of garden squares and green space within the city. It’s just a shame that some of the prettiest looking squares are locked up with key only access for residents only. Of course, it’s NOT a shame for those people who live round the squares because it means they get a private bit of green space and in many cases they spend a lot of time and effort making their garden very special.
The gardens joining in this year’s Open Garden Squares event range from National Trust properties such as Carlyle’s House to roof gardens like the one on the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Some of the gardens are setting up special tours, selling refreshments, homemade jams, plants and cakes. There are community picnics and childrens activities at Cable Street Community Gardens, Culpeper Community Garden and Bowes Park Community Garden. Eaton Square will have an exhibition of the work of sundial maker David Harber, a steel band, Caribbean food and a Punch and Judy show. You’ll be able to go into the Inner Temple Gardens a really special and private area that you wouldn’t normally have access to unless you worked at the Courts of Law. Or how about Garden Barge Square, situated at Tower Bridge Moorings, Downings Roads, Southwark historic moorings dating back 200 years or more where gardens have been created on the decks of many of the barges to form an ‘inside-out’ floating garden square.
This year, Open Garden Squares runs from the 9th to the 10th of June. You can find more details of the gardens taking part on the Open Gardens Square website There really are some great, hidden gardens in London that you will gain access to, for London Open Gardens Weekend ONLY, by buying a ticket (£9 in advance or £12 during the weekend) or, if you are lucky by entering my giveaway below for a pair of tickets.
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