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Open Garden Squares Weekend

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Various, London Saturday June 13 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015
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This weekend is your chance to visit around 200 London gardens not normally open to the public.

In 2015 around 200 gardens not ordinarily open to the public will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes.

Participating gardens will be announced in February but to give you a taste of what to expect, last year the public were able to visit sites including London's smallest local nature reserve at Barnsbury Wood, The Hill Garden on the edge of Hampstead Heath (which features a grade II listed, 800-foot-long pergola) and a large minimalist garden planted on the former pitch at Highbury Square, once the home of Arsenal Football Club.

Guided tours (on foot and by bike) will help you make the most of your time and see as many gardens as possible. Refreshments will be on sale at some gardens, while at others you'll be able to meet the gardeners. One ticket allows entry to all venues over the weekend.

Venue name: Various

Event website: http://www.opensquares.org
    • £12, £10 adv (ticket gives entry to all gardens for the weekend), free under-12s Buy tickets
    • £12, £10 adv (ticket gives entry to all gardens for the weekend), free under-12s Buy tickets

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Over 200 gardens across 27 London boroughs all for a recession-beating £10?? What's not to love! A great annual event . . . Gardens in skips, on barges, rooftops, at restaurants, historic buildings, artists studios and galleries as well as community gardens, traditional squares - and lots more. Count me in . . .

Alan Moore

Nice picture of my barge! Do come on down to Garden Barge Square for tea and home baked goodies in support of the RNLI.