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Open Garden Squares Weekend: what's on?

The capital's most secret and most stunning gardens open their gates for one weekend only in June

Park Square © Sarah Jackson
Valence House Museum Herb garden
The Skip Garden
Streatham Common Community Garden
Royal Crescent © Gavin Gardiner
Red Cross Garden
Queen's Wood Lodge Organic Garden © Michael Hacker
Lexham Gardens © Justina Burnett
King Henry's Walk Garden © Friends of King Henry's Walk Garden
John Betts House © Steffie Shields
The Hill Garden & Pergola © Bill Aldridge
Highbury Stadium Square
Ham House © Sarah Jackson
Grove House Estate © Sarah Jackson
Goodenough College – London House Quadrangle
The Garden Museum
Garden Barge Square © Drew Bennelick
Gainsborough Gardens
Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments © Edwina Sassoon
Fenton House © Sarah Jackson
Fassett Square
Eden at St Paul's © Fran Jones
Eccleston Square © Neville Capil
Eaton Square © Gavin Gardiner
Eastbury Manor House – The Walled Garden
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden © Sarah Blee
Crescent Garden © Gavin Gardiner
Core Landscape's Pop-Up Garden and Plant Nursery
Bonnington Square Garden © Gavin Gardiner
Bee Urban
Barnsbury Wood
Ballast Quay Garden
Arundel & Elgin Garden © Gavin Gardiner
Arlington Square
Alara Permaculture Forest Garden
The Academy Garden
Abbey Gardens

Thanks to Open Garden Squares Weekend, every June us Londoners get a flash of the capital's best green bits without, for once, the need to scale a fence or crowbar wrought iron railings. Back for a 18th year, 2016's OGSW takes place in June. 

We'll be updating this page with 2016 Open Garden Squares Weekend events as they're announced.

CHECK THIS OUT: The best events in London this June

Gardens open on Saturday

All Saints Vicarage Garden

This garden was a part of Fulham Palace's grounds until 1935, when it was given to the church for a new vicarage. It is home to some beautiful mature trees including a magnolia, dark-leafed maple and a Cotinus (also known as Smoketree), and the house is covered in wisteria.

Open Saturday, 11am-4pm

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Derbyshire Street Pocket Park

This sunny space used to be a dead-end road with a few parking spaces, so its green roof bike racks, planters, benches and rain garden are a vast improvement.

Open Saturday, 2pm-5pm

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Bethnal Green

Girdlers' Hall

The Girdlers' Company no longer make girdles but they do still have a hall – this third incarnation of their Company's Hall was built in 1961 after its predecessor was destroyed in World War II. Its dual-level garden includes a magnificent lead cistern, mature camellias, a mulberry tree and Japanese maples.

Open Saturday, 10am-2pm

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The Golden Baggers

This community food-growing space was set up by residents of the Golden Lane Estate, and they now produce fruit, vegetables, salad crops and flowers in 40 one-tonne bags on the site of the former nursery playground. There's also a communal herb garden and a small wildlife garden.

Open Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm

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Old Street

Ham Yard Hotel Roof Garden

We’re fans of all the Firmdale hotels but Ham Yard has immediately leapt to the top of our list. It’s partly just a matter of scale: Firmdale took over a whole yard in central London, and have built there a grandly proportioned hotel, a separate block of hotel apartments and a cluster of curated shops around a cental courtyard that’s well-populated with diners and sippers on warm days. Their leafy roof garden will be taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015.

Open Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Kent House Leisure Gardens

This 5.5 acre site is one of the area's first self-managing allotments – it's 50 years old in 2015. As well as fruit, flowers and vegetables there's an on-site winery and an apiary.

Open Saturday, 2pm-5pm

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Lower Sydenham

St Olave's Church

This medieval church is dedicated to the patron saint of Norway, and is the resting place of seventeenth-century diarist Samuel Pepys.

Open Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Gardens open on Sunday

Arvon Road Allotment Group

These allotments were created in the 1970s, with 31 plots terraced along the freight railway line which runs from Finsbury Park to Liverpool Street. The land also features a small mixed woodland and tiny pond.

Open Sunday, 2pm-5pm

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Barbican Station Pop-up Garden

The tube gains a community garden on a 100-metre-long disused platform in Barbican station. Planters of varying heights form a wave pattern to represent the acceleration and braking of trains, and hold trees, climber sand shrubs to provide height. Colourful plants and vegetables should provide enough pollen and nectar to tempt some bugs into this most unnatural of green spaces. 

Pre-booked tours 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Book here

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Beech Gardens - The Barbican Estate

The Grade II listed Barbican Estate is gaining some extra green bits, and as part of that a raised podium area which came about thanks to waterproofing works is being turned into Beech Gardens. The planting includes some 22,000 herbaceous plants which provide colour throughout the flowering season.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Cadogan Place North Garden

This section of Cadogan Place's gardens was created and landscaped by Humphry Repton in 1806, but following a War Office takeover in 1942 it needed some work. It gained an underground car park in 1970, so the re-landscaped garden is a sort of roof garden. Its shallow soil means that you'll find more unusual plants such as a Brazilian pepper tree and a chinaberry tree, as well as plenty of lavender.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Eversheds Vegetable Garden

This roof garden brings colour to the top of an award-winning environmental building. Containers and recycled items hold a wide variety of edible and ornamental plants, and the garden is also home to beehives.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Forty Hall Farm

This organic farm is run by an environmental college, and aims to demonstrate and promote sustainable food production. As well as educational courses and visits the farm holds regular family-friendly events. The organic vineyard is community-run, as is the orchard and market garden. 

Open Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm

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Forty Hill

The Mosaic Rooms

A non-profit art gallery and bookshop which supports and promotes contemporary culture from the Arab world. As part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015 The Mosaic Rooms will gain a sustainable guerilla garden which centres around a herb spiral sculpture.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

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Earls Court

Museum of the Order of St John

Following a £3.7 million refurbishment in 2010, the Museum of the Order of St John is three museums in one. The first shows the history of St John’s Gate, the second part of the museum concentrates on the Order of St John and the third and final part is an interactive display on the Order’s modern incarnation. The museum's Cloister Garden will be taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015.

Open Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Phoenix Farm and Learning Zone

This one-acre farm is part of Phoenix School, providing a learning resource for the students and members of the local community. It comprises of glasshouses, polytunnels and beds full of fruit, vegetables and medicinal herbs. Wildlife living in the garden includes rabbits, bees and chickens.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

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White City

Pullens Yards

Meet the designers, makers and artists who inhabit the studios in Pullens Yard at their annual open weekend in south London. Visitors can also use the opportunity to buy and commission unique pieces of work straight from the creators and explore the square which is one of the Open Garden Squares Weekend's venues.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Elephant and Castle

St Leonard's Church

Also known as simply Shoreditch Church, St Leonard's is probably Saxon in origin, but its current building dates back to around 1740. Its bells are mentioned in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons'. In June 2015 St Leonard's Church will gain a Shakespeare-themed garden, created by the gardening students of the Spitalfields Crypt Trust's New Hanbury Project. It will launch officially on the Sunday of Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Wesley Square

This modern square was built as a green space for the 50 buildings which surround it in 1979, and regularly wins local awards.

Open Sunday, 10am-5pm

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Ladbroke Grove

West London Bowling Club

Founded in 1903, this bowling club's award-winning gardens were once patronised by royalty but went through many years of neglect. They were revived in 2014 with help from locals and from the nearby St Quintin Community Garden.

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

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North Kensington

Woodcroft Wildspace

This three-and-a-half acre educational wildspace features an orchard, some wetland, boggy areas and scrubland to help tempt in lots of wildlife and indigenous plant species. There's also an on-site apiary and open-air classroom facilities. 

Open Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm

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Winchmore Hill
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You can also buy discounted advanced tickets for the Open Garden Squares Weekend at the City Information Centre located south of St Paul's cathedral. And National Trust cardholders can buy them at half price.


Over 200 gardens across 27 London boroughs, all for a recession-beating £10 for the whole weekend?? 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 . . .