Do you like gardens? Maybe you like finding hidden treasures in a town you thought you’ve seen everything in? Or maybe you’re just very curious on what people’s private gardens look like? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, Open Garden Squares Weekend might be of interest to you.
On the weekend of 12-13 June, you get to visit gardens usually not open to the public during the Open Garden Square Weekend. Out of the approximately 140 gardens that will be open to visitors, you’ll find roof gardens of Kensington, the October Gallery in Bloomsbury and Zander Court Club House community centre in Bethnal Green. But there will be gardens for all tastes – small and quirky, contemporary and eco-friendly, historically memorable, roof gardens, cemeteries and working allotments. So if you like gardens and tend to go to London in June, I would suggest you give this a shot.
Tickets for the event costs £7.50 if you buy in advance, or £9 on the weekend. One ticket allows entry to all venues over the two days. Tickets are available online or at the Britain and London Visitor Centre at 1 Lower Regent Street.
During the weekend, Transport for London will be hosting guided walks and on Sunday 13th of June, there will also be a guided bike ride between the gardens starting at Covent Garden. If you’d rather go for a bike ride on your own, you can download two podcasts and self-guided bike rides from www.londongardenstrust.org/guides.
More British Gardens
If you’re not in London in June, and still want to get a taste of all the beautiful gardens of Britain – Then listen up! Starting next week, Ann Larås – the Swedish author of the newly published book Engelska Trädgårdar, will guest blog here on Mind the Gap. So, stay tuned for more interesting facts and beautiful images from the gardens of Britain.