London gardens open up over summer weekend

More than 200 gardens in the heart of London will open their doors for a weekend of celebrations this weekend as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust.

Over two days on 18 – 19 June, visitors can explore the vast number of urban green spaces in the capital. From roof gardens to community parks, schools to hospitals, the gardens are spread throughout the city.

The National Trust will open up seven of its gardens across London for the event, inviting visitors to discover the history, heritage and hidden stories of these city gardens.

Fenton House and Garden


Credit National Trust Images/Sarah Jackson

Fenton House has extensive and innovative walled gardens, with formal walks and lawns, a rose garden, kitchen garden and a historic orchard.

In June, the rose garden comes into its own, with stems bowing under the weight of scented blooms. Cottage garden in style and feel, roses are under planted with traditional cottage favourites like phlox, foxgloves, poppies and London Pride, and herbs like sage.

Red House

As the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance.

Tucked away behind its red brick wall, the gardens at Red House are a quiet and secluded spot. Although much of the original garden design is lost there still remain echoes of a past when the Morris family lived there.

Rainham Hall

The nearly three acre gardens at Rainham Hall provide an oasis of urban green space for visitors to enjoy.

The layout of the gardens has been altered many times since the Hall was built in 1729, and until a few years ago the gardens had been neglected. Today the gardens comprise of formal borders at the rear of the Hall, a lower lawn, meandering borders, an orchard, an outdoor seating area and a ‘wilderness’ play section.

Carlyle’s House

Carlyles House 1

Walk in the footsteps of some of the most famous writers of the day at Carlyle’s House, once home to Thomas and Jane Carlyle.

At the back of the house is a little walled garden where Jane grew flowers and herbs and Thomas grew vegetables.

The sunny garden is laid out much as the Carlyles had it. With low box hedging, fruit trees, grape vine, herbs, roses, and many cottage garden plants. There is a vegetable patch with rhubarb and runner beans.

Osterley Park and House

Osterley House Garden

Osterley is the last remaining country estate in London with farm, parkland, gardens, 18th-century mansion and a Tudor stable block.

The mansion and gardens were created by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family.

The Pleasure Grounds have been recently restored, and include a grade-I listed Adam garden house with lemon trees, American border, Long Walk (including a new Diamond Jubilee wood), flower beds in the picturesque style and ornamental vegetable displays in the Tudor walled garden.

Ham House and Garden

One of a series of grand houses and palaces alongside the River Thames, Ham House stands as one of Europe’s greatest 17th-century houses.

The 17th century gardens at Ham House have been restored to their former glory. With formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden, come and relax in an environment filled with plants from the time of the Duchess of Lauderdale.

Eastbury Manor House Walled Gardens

Eastbury House

Eastbury Manor House is a grade I-listed Elizabethan manor with well-preserved walled gardens.

The walled garden retains its original internal brickwork, together with the bee boles used by the family for honey. An island of calm in a bustling location, the garden is attractively situated by the renewed façade of the house. The herb garden features herbs and flowers that would have been used in the Tudor era for cooking, dying fabric and medicines.



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