London Parks & Gardens Trust is offering the public the opportunity to visit more than 200 private gardens and squares on 12 and 13 June.

Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery will be offering visitor tours over the weekend. PHOTO: Robert Stephenson.

Open Garden Squares Weekend, sponsored by Transport for London (TfL) for the third year, will offer access to an array of inspirational gardens that are not usually open to the public, such as The Zen Garden at the Hempel in Westminster, which is usually solely for the private use of hotel guests, and Little Abbey, part of Peabody’s historic Abbey Orchard site.

Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, on the edge of Whitechapel, will be inviting ‘grow your own’ enthusiasts to be inspired by their containerised roof garden. Five of the seven Garden Cemeteries – Brompton, Nunhead, Kensal Green, West Norwood and Tower Hamlets as well as the sixth Abney Park, which has now become a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve, are all arranging tours for visitors over the weekend.

Also open especially for the weekend will be many popular gardens such as the Kensington Roof Gardens; Middle and Inner Temple; Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments; Culpeper Community Garden; The Community Garden at the Tate Modern; Arundel and Elgin in Notting Hill; St Michael’s Convent and, by appointment, the prison gardens at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Holloway and Wandsworth.

One ticket allows entry to all venues over the entire weekend and can be bought online here.

For more details about the weekend, click here.



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