British artist Frederic Leighton acquired the plot for Leighton House in 1864, and architect George Aitchison began work on the project the following year. Extensions and embellishments were added over the decades (including the domed Arab Hall and the greenhouse-style Winter Studio), and the garden proved a modest, graceful counterpoint to the home’s artsy eccentricity. Formal beds can be seen at the front of the house, while a broad lawn with herbaceous borders and aged trees can be found at the back. For Open Garden Squares, the house has organised a ticketed performance by acapella group Fever Pitch (Sunday 3.30pm to 4.30pm). For tickets, see www.gardenlhm.eventbrite.co.uk. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Open Sunday only, 10am to 5pm. See our feature and visit the festival website (www.opensquares.org) for details of all participating gardens.
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