Friday 2 June 2017

Open Garden Squares Weekend - Celebrate Father's Day

Open Garden Squares Weekend

 17 - 18 June 2017

Join us on Sunday the 18 of June to celebrate Father's Day in a garden!

Father's Day Fun

Not sure where to take Dad on Sunday the 18th?
Keat's House has a minibeast safari where you can see what birds and beasties abound or at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening  explore the wildlife trail.
In The Gardens
Interested in learning about how plants can improve health and wellness? Visit the British Medical Association Council Garden for yoga sessions, the Urban Growth Project and to learn about horticultural therapy.
Volunteers Week (1-7 June)
We love our volunteers and we can't thank them enough for all they do!

Take some time to have a chat with some of our lovely volunteers during Open Garden Squares Weekend

Open Garden Squares Weekend Announcements

The Downing Street Ballot has now closed and winners have been notified. With over 7,000 applicants it was extremely popular.

Congratulations to the winners!
The last guidebooks have been posted by our lovely volunteers for orders up to the 29 of May. If you have not received yours please get in touch with us.

Moving forward, guidebooks can be collected from the City Information Centre or a garden on the weekend.
There is still time to book onto the special tours and guided walks for Open Garden Squares Weekend!

Explore the Highbury Stadium, learn about the 'Second Great Fire of London' or take a walk with a City gardener... tickets here!
Some of our wonderful gardens are participating in The Great Get Together, which is inspired by MP Jo Cox. Get your friends, family, anyone (!) together in one of our special gardens to celebrate what we have in common. We have lots of gardens partaking already, please see the website for more details.
In the meantime, follow #greatgettogether on social media.

Open Garden Squares Weekend In The News

Featured in Belgravia Magazine - Best Upcoming Cultural Events (photo)

The People's Daily Online has agreat video piece

A feature in Londontown
Top Ten Things to do in June on Wanderlust Chloe

London Parks & Gardens Trust Events

Evening Visit to Hampton Court Water Meadows

29 June 2017
Hampton Wick
A rare chance to see historic water management on the Queen’s private land at the end of the Long Water at Hampton Court, including the royal water-meadows, dating from the sixteenth century.  Accompanied by Jason Debney (Thames Landscape Strategy), Rebecca Law (Project Manager), and Nick Garbett (HRP ecologist). 
Price: £10
Tickets here

To find out more about LPGT Membership, click here.
We're looking forward to seeing you all in a garden soon!

Other Events and Offers

Kentish Town Trail of Wellbeing

Saturday the 17th of June, check out some recently created gardens at two local medical practices in Kentish Town (the 'Wellbeeing Garden' at James Wigg Practice and the 'Listening Space' at Caversham Practice), and in the new 'Platform 1 Cottage Garden' at Kentish Town Thameslink railway station.

The gardens were created in response to high air pollution levels revealed in the area by local citizen science monitoring and to provide community resources that everyone can enjoy.

Shakespeare in the Squares is bringing Romeo and Juliet to garden squares and parks around London this summer, under the new patronage of Dame Judi Dench. Directed by Tatty Hennessy, who is an associate director with Merely Theatre, and has directed work at the Lyric Theatre, Park Theatre andShakespeare’s Globe, this year’s production has a fantastic 50/50 F:M cast and will be set in sun-drenched 1950s Italy.

Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics and to enjoy a night of theatre, music and dance in London's unique garden environments. More info here.