About Open Garden Squares Weekend:
- This is the one weekend in the year when you can:
- visit gardens in London not usually open to the public
- enjoy special activities in gardens
- discover gardens you didn't know existed.
When: Annual event: early to mid June.
2014 Dates: 14-15 June 2013
For the first time in 2012, the event was in association with the National Trust.
Official Website: www.opensquares.org
Where: Explore London's secret gardens and squares during Open Garden Squares Weekend. Have a look at the full list of garden locations.
Nearest Tube Stations: Various (see full list of locations above).
Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.
£10 in advance - one ticket allows entry to all venues over entire Weekend (including free postage) and £12 if bought during the weekend. Children under 12 free. A guidebook is supplied with each ticket order.
Details of how to buy tickets in advance are available on the official website.
Times: Different opening times for each garden.
Check the full list of garden locations for time information.
Open Garden Squares Weekend Information:
Visitors will have the rare opportunity to peer behind the walls of London's private community gardens and squares. Ranging from the historically memorable to the small and quirky; from the contemporary and eco-friendly to renowned roof gardens, cemeteries and working allotments.
Over 200 private, hidden, unusual and little known gardens open to the public across 27 London boroughs to raise awareness and appreciation of the capital's urban, green space network. Presented by the London Parks & Gardens Trust in association with The National Trust. Over 200 gardens typically take part including hidden places like the minimalist Zen Garden at The Hempel Hotel, Little Abbey near Westminster Abbey, the Royal College of Physicians' medicinal garden and the garden at 10 Downing Street. With art installations, musical performances, punch and judy shows there will be lots of activities for everyone to take part including pop-up bar The Gin Garden popping up in Arlington Square, serving gin-based cocktails complimented by herbs and flowers grown in the square.
A recommended book that includes an entry on London Open Garden Squares Weekend is The London Garden Book A-Z.