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 where around 1,000 species of plant aid scientists with their research on a daily basis. Each of the plants has a healing or health-promoting property – including local anesthetics, treatments for swine flu, leukaemia, diabetes and cancers.
For Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018, New South London Gallery's permanent garden, created by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and the horticulturalists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, will be open to the public for the first time, as will two rural retreats nestled behind the Globe Theatre. The rose-lined garden at 10 Downing Street will once again open its gates to a limited number of visitors following a ballot – ballot entry can be found here.
Throughout the weekend, many participating gardens will host free talks, walks, activities, workshops and cycle rides - our highlights from this year's schedule are:
- The Coutts & Co Skyline Garden - Join an exclusive tour of the rooftop kitchen garden at Coutts & Co. Created by executive chef Peter Fiori, this one-of-a-kind rooftop space is home to over 9,000 organic plants including vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers.
- Barbican Station Pop up Garden - Take a tour of the first community garden on the Underground, situated on a 100-metre-long disused platform. 9 June: 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30
- The greenroofs of the City - Get in the spirit of summer by visiting three rooftop gardens and learn about biodiversity and sky-top plantings of wild flowers above the polluted city streets. 9 June: 11:00-13:00, 12:00-14:00
- Blooms, bomb sites and burial grounds - Explore secret gardens, bomb sites of the Blitz and hidden green corners of our urban metropolis. You will also learn key facts and figures about the Great Fire of 1666 and the Burial Act of 1855!
- 49 Bankside - Explore this small and magical garden complete with a pond and fountain located next to the Globe Theatre. Reached by walking down London's narrowest street, Cardinal Cap Alley, this historic space is brimming with delightful foliage.
For a comprehensive overview of open gardens, please click here.
Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, except Coutts & Co which is allocated via ballot. Early Bird tickets are available until 7 June. To find out more and to book tickets visit opensquares.org. There is a £3 charge per head on top of the standard ticket price to reserve a place on selected tours.
|What||Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
09 Jun 18 – 10 Jun 18, Times vary
|Price||£15 Advance. £20 Over Weekend/Under 12s go free.|
|Website||Book your tickets here|