This weekend there is a fabulous treat in store as 200 gardens throughout London will be opened to the public, an event which takes place only once a year. It’s a great opportunity to explore the secret hideaways and stunning roof gardens of London, including Kensington Roof Gardens with their Spanish garden, Tudor garden, and English Woodland. There’s even a chance to meet their resident ducks and flamingos! The Ismaili Roof Garden is also included for the first time, as well as Chelsea Physic Garden, Fulham Palace, and HM prison gardens at Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs. If you’d like something even more unusual, then head to Tower Bridge for the ‘Garden Barge Square’ to see the magic gardens created on the decks of barges moored on the Thames. If singing is for you, then Kensington Square is the place to see an a capella singing group The Troublemakers, and there are numerous activities scattered at various gardens, from Punch and Judy for the kids, to Reiki treatments.
If you buy one ticket you can visit as many gardens as you like, and there are drinks and delicious treats galore! This wonderful garden festival follows on from the success of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the end of the May, and Kew’s Summer festival which continues until September. Presenter and garden designer Joe Swift has been kept equally busy presenting BBC coverage at Chelsea alongside Alan Titchmarsh, and writing his Times column on grow-your-own. Joe is also the presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World and was recently appointed President of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). He launched The Yellow Book 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall in February with the NGS, the so-called ‘bible’ of gardens to visit and secret spaces. Alan Titchmarsh has also been busy presenting The Alan Titchmarsh Show, interviewing everyone from Leona Lewis to Liza Minelli, as well as his recent interview in March with David Cameron.
So perhaps, Joe and Alan themselves will be popping along to some of the gardens this weekend, possibly joined by Charlie Dimmock and Diarmuid Gavin. All we need now is some sunshine...
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