Open Garden Squares Weekend will take place on 17 and 18 June
Tickets are now available for this year’s London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.
With 237 gardens confirmed for 2017, a record number for the event, visitors will have the opportunity to discover and explore some of London’s most fascinating squares, gardens and green spaces – most of which are not normally open to the public.
This year, the garden of Number 10 Downing Street will be available via a public ballot. Other gardens opening over the weekend include Nomura International’s vast roof-top garden, the River Cafe garden, Garden Barge Square, the MaRoCoCo Garden at Rococo Chocolates, Eccleston Square, Eaton Square and Belgrave Square, the Royal College of Physicians’ medicinal garden and The Master’s Garden within the Temple complex. All are private, but are opening their gates to visitors during the Weekend.
At total of 33 new gardens have joined in 2017, including:
- Baring Asset Management (EC2M 3XY) – two magnificent roof terraces completed in 2010 by the landscape architect Charles Funke. Many of the plants selected reflect Barings’ long history as a firm of merchants and merchant bankers. The northern terrace is inspired by Asia, and the southern terrace by Europe. It was the 2015 City in Bloom winner for outstanding horticulture.
- The Deanery (SE1 9JE) – a historic garden belonging to the private residence of the Dean of Southwark Cathedral. Located beside the Globe Theatre, the garden is planted with mature shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants. The garden is secluded and acts as a peaceful haven for wildlife.
- Hachette UK (EC4Y 0DZ) – a roof garden with multiple planted beds inspired by the ‘English country garden’. There are magnificent views along the River Thames from Tower Bridge to the London Eye.
- Trumpeters’ House (TW9 1PD) – located between the Thames and Richmond Green, on part of the site formerly occupied by Richmond Palace, where Elizabeth I spent her last moments. Its name comes from the statues of trumpeting figures that adorned the middle gate of the old palace. The garden includes an 18th-century castellated summer house / gazebo, a knot garden and a modern aviary for doves.
- Vestry House (EC4R 0EH) – a privately owned garden combining a traditional style of parterre planting with a more contemporary design on the historic site of the Churchyard of St Laurence Pountney and the College of Corpus Christi dating from the 12th century, and destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The tombs and headstones are woven into the garden design hidden amongst various ferns. Vegetables and flowers are grown in planters with a special emphasis on plants to improve the air quality and increase biodiversity in the City.
For more details of the weekend and to book tickets go to the Open Garden Squares Weekend website.