We are delighted to welcome a number of new gardens for 2019.
Montague Street Gardens
© Anne Greig
Discover the diversity of Muslim cultures through gardens ranging from contemplative Andalusian courtyards and Middle Eastern loggias to rooftops inspired by South and Central Asia. The gardens are only accessible on a 45-minute guided tour (first come, first served).
Explore the historic gardens of this Georgian house, including lawns and mature herbaceous borders, a woodland walk, rose garden and ha-ha. The original walled garden is currently being redeveloped into a working kitchen garden.
Two of the three community projects in this cluster are located on disused railway platforms at Kensington Olympia Station. Kitchen gardens provide growing space for local residents, while a market garden raises seedlings for plot-holders and the public.
Set up as a temporary community space in 2017, this small pocket of green hosts vegetable planters, roses and communal green spaces. Local residents and organisations meet weekly to practise everything from yoga to bread-making.
Bloomsbury is famous for its formal garden squares, which are overlooked by the many period properties that line its leafy streets. Montague Street Gardens is one of the more private of the 10 Georgian squares in the area.
This mini-space is the work of Nic, one of the Corporation of London gardeners. The nursery champions urban biodiversity and overflows with rescued and donated plants, which are nurtured by Nic and his team and then passed onto neighbouring community garden projects.
A strip of wasteland was transformed to create this urban farm, now a flourishing community resource and a haven for nature. The farm runs therapeutic and educational activities as well as workshops and seasonal events, and also boasts a private walled garden.
With commanding views over Westminster Cathedral, this ornamental kitchen garden produces fruit, vegetables and plants with therapeutic uses. It also features a tree of remembrance wall sculpture and a creative rose arbour that incorporates the roof’s chimneys.