Some of the finest gardens in west London will open to the public as part of a capital-wide festival in June.
The Open Garden Squares Weekend will feature a total of 211 sites across London, with a vast number coming from Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.
It takes place on June 18-19 and include innovative, historical, prestigious, and unknown delights. Visitors will be able to view exclusive private squares, roof-top gardens, as well as gardens on barges, indoor flower installations, pop-up orchards and diminutive hidden spaces tucked behind busy streets.
All Saints Vicarage Garden, Fulham, SW6 3LG: Beautiful, tree-filled oasis attached to charming church with medieval tower. June 18 11am-4pm, June 19 2-5pm: refreshments
John Betts House , Shepherd’s Bush W12 9NJ: Award-winning private garden with greenhouse, water feature, hanging baskets. It is run by Hammersmith United Charities. June 18 2-5pm: cakes and plants for sale
Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments, Fulham, SW6 6EA: Over 400 plots worked by volunteers on an Anglo-Saxon site. June 18 11.30am-3.30pm: tours, teas, plants and produce for sale
Several private garden squares including Arundel & Elgin Garden W11 2ER, Hanover Gardens W11 3LN, Pembridge Square W2 4ED, Bina Gardens SW7 4NH, Kensington Square W8 5HD, Paultons Square SW3 5DP, Edwardes Square W8 6HL
Phoenix Farm and Learning Zone, near White City, W12 7DB: Comprising two glasshouses and a series of beds, the farm produces fruit and vegetables of all descriptions , together with medicinal herbs, plants to attract wildlife, and edible flowers.
St Quintin’s Community Kitchen Garden, North Kensington, W10 6NX: A disused tennis court transformed into a community kitchen garden where local residents grow their own fresh produce. The site is used by over 100 local people and featured in The Great British Garden Revival series on BBC2 in 2013
The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden, South Kensington, SW7 2SL: The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden is one of London’s best-kept secrets. The serene setting of this beautiful garden reflects motifs from Islamic architectural heritage, drawing on the traditions of Muslim civilisations that have inspired outstanding buildings for many centuries throughout the world
Lexham Gardens, Kensington, W8 5JA: Garden party 3-5pm on Saturday 18 June, including children’s entertainment. The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the guest of honour.
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, President of the London Parks & Gardens Trust, organisers of the annual event , said: “Open Garden Squares Weekend is a unique and vibrant annual event, offering people a chance to visit, explore and learn about the capital’s exciting and diverse green spaces.
Now in its 19th year the weekend is much broader than the ‘Open Garden Squares’ title suggests and offers visitors unrivalled access to some of London’s most exciting floating and rooftop gardens, allotments, transformed brownfield sites, urban wildlife and ecology centres as well as new, experimental gardens.”
A single ticket gains access to all gardens (excluding those with special conditions for entry) for both June 18 and 19. Advance tickets are £12 and available from the Open Squares website . Tickets purchased on the weekend are £14. Children under 12 go free.
Last year’s event saw 18,000 visitors got to 50,000 individual gardens.