By Andrew ShawLondon’s biggest garden visiting weekend will return for its 20th year on June 17-18, 2017.
A record 230 London gardens will be open to the public this June, giving visitors the unique opportunity to discover some of the capital’s most fascinating squares, gardens and cultivated spaces, as well as taking part in a large number of exciting free events and activities.
Highlights this year include a pop-up gin garden, a botanical art workshop, herbal tea and medieval soap ball-making, talks on aquaponics, bee-keeping and urban farming, exhibitions, plant sales, poetry and live music.
Bring the kids too! They can take part in anything from pond-dipping, seed-planting and storytelling, to face painting and nature trails and hunts. They’ll also be given the chance to build their very own insect house.
The popular poets-in-residence programme #MixedBorders, in collaboration with The Poetry School and supported by Arts Council England, returns for a third year. Mixed Borders places poets-in-residence in many of the gardens participating in Open Gardens Square Weekend.
All of the above events and activities are free with the purchase of a weekend ticket. Advance tickets start from £13, and children under 12 go free. Eager families can even take advantage of the £40 family ticket. Visit www.opensquares.org to purchase.