The Open Garden Squares weekend is here again! Taking place this weekend 13-14th June, the event gives you access to over 200 London garden squares, many of which are normally closed to the public. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the day (children under 12 go free!) and you can visit as many gardens as you like for that price. There will be various activities being held at many of the gardens as well as walking tours for the more exclusive open spaces.
With so many incredible gardens to choose from in west London we asked our Assistant Directors which gardens were their favourites and why you should consider paying them a visit this weekend.
Eccleston Square SW1 – Henrietta Bridgman
I was in the very fortunate position to know someone who lived on Eccleston Square a few years ago and so was able to enjoy playing tennis on what can only be described as the most beautiful court in London on a weekly basis – it is magical, with the surrounding fences bursting with roses, honeysuckle, and clematis. The gardens are beautiful, maintained to the most wonderful standards and also happen to be where me and my husband’s relationship started to blossom; on the courts, playing against each other and enjoying a glass of pink after. For that reason Eccleston Square garden plays a very special place in my heart!
Trinity Hospice SW4 – Susie Waterfall
Trinity Hospice is an oasis of calm with magical planting and a delightful air of tranquillity within the grounds of a handsome building moments from Clapham Common. I live in the area and regularly go to events there, regardless of the time of year the gardens are always special and I’m always struck by the fabulous sense of calm with crazy traffic and the buzz of the city so close by.
Rosmead Garden W11 – Sam Allport
Rosmead Garden is one of the most hidden away, quiet and peaceful gardens. On the rare occasions I’ve been privileged enough to be in the garden, I have marvelled at the way the beautiful houses of various colours open out onto the garden with all different types of gate and garden arch. Truly beautiful.
Cleveland Square W2 – Jared Kilgarriff
Cleveland Square is a tranquil and leafy garden square away from the hustle and bustle of London and just a short walk to Hyde Park and Oxford Street; a true suburban oasis.
Surrounded by beautiful Georgian period homes the Square is meticulously managed and as its one of larger gardens in the area the committee organise fun family events throughout the year, really pulling in the local community.
Lexham Gardens W8 – Chloe Leefe
Lexham Gardens is my favourite garden square in W8 for two reasons:
The square is quiet and private plus there is a section especially for children so those wanting a bit of tranquillity can go into the gardens knowing they won’t be disturbed!
It is privately owned by a generous benefactor who lives on the square which means that it is looked after beautifully.
We hope we’ve whetted your appetite to take advantage of this annual opportunity to see some of the capital’s best-hidden secrets. For a full list of gardens and activities, click here.
5 June 2015