Types of Garden

Around 200 gardens take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend each year. There is a real variety - from the traditional private squares to contemporary roof gardens, not to mention skips, barges, museums, schools and allotments.

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Highlights for 2017

  • Celebrating 20 Years!
  • London Rooftops
  • Super Secret Places
  • Urban Food Growing

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Private, Hidden and Community Gardens

We have a mix of gardens that are private, those that are not normally open at weekends and some that are open, but are hidden gems that you might not know about. Gardens that are normally open provide activities ranging from puppet shows to walks and exhibitions by friends groups. They will usually have active, dedicated community groups passionate about their local area, their garden and community.

Private and not normally accessible gardens are indicated with a key symbol (key symbol) in your guidebook and on the web site. Alternatively you can display a list of them.

Opening Times

Not all gardens open for the full Weekend. All participating gardens take part voluntarily and, whilst we try to ensure gardens near each other have co-ordinated opening times, this is not always possible. Please do check opening times and day carefully when planning your weekend.

Special Conditions

Your ticket allows you entry into all gardens apart from a few that require pre-booking or where places are allocated by ballot.

A Short History of London's Garden Squares

The story of squares, and how much has been done - and remains to be done - to preserve this integral part of London's landscape.

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Hiring a Garden

You can hire several of the gardens that take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend for weddings and other functions.

See the list 

Blue Fin Venue is available for private hires, including weddings.

Inner Temple, the second largest privately-owned green space in London with award-winning gardens.

Ham House is available as a venue for weddings and other events.

Montagu Square is available for hire with a large marquee certain weekends in June. Contact for information.

Park Crescent garden (a private residents' garden at the north end of Portland Place, W1). Contact the Crown Estate Paving Commission on 020 7935 8049 or

Portman Square Garden in Marylebone is available for private hire for suitable events. The Portman Estate arrange for the hire of Portman Square Garden only, allowing details of the event to be managed by the organisers. Please refer to their Event Plan Booklet (PDF, 422KB) for reference

Roehampton Club is available to non-members for weddings, summer parties etc.

Other private gardens: Bedford Square, Manchester Square.

Garden Selector

Our garden selector is a fabulous tool for finding types of gardens, those in particular areas or looking for activities. If you like a garden, use the Pin-it button to post it for future reference onto a board in Pinterest

Tales from Duck Island Cottage

Our blog features a different garden each month.

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Man's Best Friend

Are dogs allowed in gardens? 

Dog at Warwick Square
A canine visitor at Warwick Square

Many gardens allow dogs on leads. These are shown with a dog symbol against them in the guidebook as well as the list of gardens on this web site. You can also obtain a list of gardens allowing dogs on leads. Other gardens allow only working service dogs – such as those used by blind people.