Highlights for 2017

Celebrating 20 Years

This year Open Garden Squares Weekend celebrates 20 years of opening gardens for public enjoyment. 14 of our gardens have been with us since the very beginning, and every year since!

Cleveland Square
Cleveland Square
Earls Court Square
Ladbroke Square
Ladbroke Square
Royal Crescent Gardens

Belgrave Square  4.5-acre private Victorian garden designed by George Basevi in 1826. 

Cadogan Place South Originally known as the London Botanic Gardens, laid out by Henry Holland from 1777 onwards. 

Cleveland Square A beautiful, quiet 1.5-acre garden square, dating from around 1855.

Earls Court Square Charming Victorian garden originally laid out as part of the Edwardes Estate in the 1870s.

Ennismore Gardens Award-winning Victorian garden, named after William Hare, Viscount Ennismore and Earl of Listowel.

Kensington Gardens Square Tranquil gardens, which are undergoing careful ecological regeneration.

Ladbroke Square Garden Originally the site of the Hippodrome racecourse, built by John Whyte in 1837.

Merrick Square A small garden square, originally laid out in 1853-6 as part of the development of land belonging to the Corporation of Trinity House.

Queen’s Gate Gardens Created in the 1860s, and built on the site of former market gardens.

Rosmead Garden Part of the Ladbroke Estate – Thomas Allom’s plan of 1823 for generous communal gardens, organised in a concentric layout of crescents.

Royal Crescent Gardens Part of the Norland Estate, laid out by Robert Cantwell in 1846.

St James’s Gardens Gardens centred on the church of St James, laid out in an informal woodland style.

Thurloe Square Developed in the 1840s to designs by George Basevi – ushering in a new era of Italianate townhouse design in London.

Triangle Garden Beautiful, tranquil mid-Victorian garden, in the form of a triangle.

Roof Gardens

Some of the most exciting green spaces in London aren’t at ground level, but up in the skies!

Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Eversheds Sutherland Vegetable Garden
Hachette UK Limited

Roof East On the roof of a car park at Stratford shopping centre, with planters made from vintage sports cars and recycled decking from the Olympic Park. Home to the GrowUp Box, an urban farm based in a shipping container using aquaponics and vertical growing.

Crossrail Place Roof GardenSitting atop the Canary Wharf Crossrail station is an exotic garden filled with ferns, grasses and flowering shrubs. The garden’s unique architecture and stunning landscape design are inspired by Canary Wharf’s rich maritime heritage. Packed programme of activities across the weekend including children’s activities, music, talks and workshops.

NEW Hachette UK Limited A stunning roof garden inspired by the English country garden with lawns and multiple planted beds. Magnificent views overlooking the river Thames from Tower Bridge to the London Eye.

NEW Baring Asset Management Two magnificent terraces with plants inspired by Barings’ long history as a firm of merchants and merchant bankers. Terraces inspired by Asia and Europe. 2015 City in Bloom winner.

The Roof Gardens, Kensington Originally laid out in 1938 above Derry & Toms department store, and themed as the Spanish Garden, Tudor Courtyard and English Woodland Garden. The gardens are home to a selection of exotic wildfowl, including four pink flamingos.

Eversheds Sutherland Vegetable Garden Once a blank corner of the roof, this garden is now a thriving vegetable and herb garden. One of the most iconic views in London – from our beehives across to the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Teas, coffees, homemade cakes, activities for children.

Super Secret Places

Open Garden Squares Weekend is your chance to discover and explore London’s secret green spaces.

The Master's Garden
The Master's Garden
St Mary's Secret Garden
St Mary's Secret Garden
World Peace Garden Camden
World Peace Garden Camden
Lillington and Longmoore
Lillington and Longmoore Gardens

The Master’s Garden. A private, hidden space within the Temple complex. The main part of the garden is an elevated plateau, built above 17th-century catacombs.

St Mary’s Secret Garden. A peaceful community garden hidden away in Hackney offering horticultural therapy and training for people with mental-health issues, physical and learning disabilities. Plant sale, ‘pop-up’ cafe with snacks and cakes produced by volunteers and staff.

World Peace Garden Camden. Award-winning secluded garden of contemplation transformed from wasteland by volunteers into a woodland glade. Tie a tag to the Tree of Hope: ‘What I want the world to be like when I grow up’. Music, poetry, story-telling, talks, art classes.

Lillington and Longmoore Gardens. One of London’s first low-rise, high density housing estates. Garden areas include classic mixed borders, Mediterranean planting, an exotic border with yuccas, palms, agaves and cannas, a sensory garden with bubble fountain, and a children’s garden. Guided walk, children’s playground (adapted for children with disabilities). Plant sale.

Urban Food Growing

Londoners love to grow! Visit some of the capital’s many unique and inspiring growing spaces over the Weekend and discover some of the innovative ways London is feeding itself.

Share Community Garden
Share Community Garden
The Skip Garden
The Skip Garden
Brockwell Park
Brockwell Park Comunity Greenhouses

The Golden Baggers. Residents’ food growing space on the Golden Lane Estate. Forty individual boxes growing fruit, veg and flowers. Communal herb garden and small wildlife garden, all maintained by the community. Tea, coffee and cakes.

Share Community Garden. Home to a charity offering training and employment support for disabled adults. The beautiful 2.5 acre walled garden is the hub for their horticultural training project and includes a ‘bee lovely’ garden and polytunnels. Plants for sale. Refreshments by Share Catering.

The Skip Garden. Part of the Global Generation education charity, this is a mobile garden in the heart of Kings Cross. Apple trees,pumpkins and beans grow in skips. Tomatoes, ginger and chillies grow under polytunnels made of water pipes and polythene. Garden tours, cafe.

Winterton House Organic Garden. Tucked away in the East End this community garden has a greenhouse, allotment area, rare breed chickens, alpine garden and wildlife pond. Guided tours, plant sale, music by London folk group The Mudlarks.

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses. This small charity provides south London residents with a space to garden and a rich wildlife and horticultural resource for many educational activities. Stunning glasshouse exhibition of growing ginger plants. Plant sale, teas, cakes.