The Prime Minister’s garden at Number 10 Downing Street is included this year. All advance ticket numbers are being automatically entered into a ballot and the lucky winners will tour the 0.5 acre garden on Saturday – so get buying now if you want to see No 10 on the inside. And talking of inside, Wormwood Scrubs prison is also, figuratively speaking, opening its gates to showcase the prison service biodiversity action plan, Wormwood Scrubs is introducing spaces of wildflower planting and a recycling scheme for green and other waste, such as cardboard, plastics and paper.
Another oasis in the concrete landscape of the South Bank is the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden designed and built in partnership with the Eden Project, Grounded EcoTherapy, Providence Row Housing Association, St Mungo’s and NOAH. The views will be terrific.
If you want to combine your pleasures, then the courtyard garden behind Rococo Chocolates is just the place for you. A previously neglected city space had been transformed with all the scents of the Rococo repertoire: rose, lavender, geranium, mint, jasmine, and kaffir lime. The result is a stunning asymmetric mirrored courtyard in the middle of Belgravia, where you can sip mint tea, hot chocolate or cappuccino. Cakes freshly made on the premises. Cultivation, chocolate and cake – what more can any girl wish for?
Open Garden Squares Weekend, private institutional, commercial and communal gardens with all manner of garden styles on show in 27 different London boroughs. Tickets are available either online or via the City of London information Centre opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and provide entry to every participating garden.
When: June 9-10
Where: throughout London
How much: £9 in advance or £12 if bought during the weekend; under 12s are free
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