Most of the gardens you can visit during Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019 are normally closed to the public, and offer exclusive access for ticket holders.
However, alongside these private spaces, you can also visit six ‘star’ community gardens, which open to the public more frequently but which showcase how we can all work together to create and nurture unusual local green spaces.
This beautiful garden in Lambeth’s Brockwell Park includes an orchard, demonstration gardens, walled herb garden and two commercial-sized greenhouses. Run by over 200 dedicated volunteers, it offers nature-based education activities for families and schools.
Rated ‘Outstanding’ in the 2018 RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme, this garden boasts ponds, a rose pergola, wildlife area and dry garden, as part of Islington’s climate change adaptation strategy. It is a resource for primary schools, community groups and locals.
Created by local volunteers in 1984, the last of the Covent Garden Community Gardens provides a peaceful green retreat for local residents, workers, tourists and urban wildlife. Formerly a car park, the garden’s bedrock of rubble has required a careful selection of plants!
This community garden provides therapy, training and volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities, mental health issues and long-term health conditions. The borders, herb and sensory area, vegetables, beehives, pond and greenhouse are all tended by beneficiaries and volunteers.
This mobile food garden is an exciting example of organic urban agriculture on one of Europe’s largest development sites at King’s Cross. Local children, young people and business volunteers work in partnership on tangible projects to improve local sustainability.
Reclaimed from derelict land in 1987, this organic garden is now an established charity, rated ‘Outstanding’ in the 2018 RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme. It boasts its own QCF-accredited school of horticulture, greenhouses, wildlife area, vegetable garden and fruit trees.