More than 200 gardens will be unlocked for one 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. If you have ever fancied poking your nose into the lost gardens of St James's or seeing the breadth of London's green rooftops, book onto one of the specialist walking tours on offer. We really like the sound of the behind-the-scenes exclusive tour of Kew Gardens, where you visit the tropical nursery, home of their reserve scientific collections. If, however, you're priority is seeing as many cultivated green spaces as possible, hop on a bike and join one of three different group rides. Participating locations will also host workshops including soap-making, bee-keeping and seed-planting.
Check out the River Cafe garden on the banks of the Thames at Hammersmith, where herbs, salads and edible flowers inspire and infuse the restaurant's world-class menu. Or head up to the edge of Regent's Park to The Royal College of Physicians’ medicinal garden, both beautiful and educational, with some 1,000 species of plant. Each of the plants has a healing or health-promoting property – including local anaesthetics, treatments for swine flu, leukaemia, diabetes and cancers.
This year, the rose-lined garden at 10 Downing Street will also be open to a limited number of visitors chosen following a ballot – you can now apply for tickets here.
The complete programme of events is now live. All events and activities are free with the purchase of a weekend ticket. Tickets go on sale 4 May 2017, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
|What||Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
17 Jun 17 – 18 Jun 17, Times vary between events
|Price||££12/£14 over Weekend/Under 12s go free.|
|Website||Book your tickets here|