Dolphin Square

Dolphin Square
(Photo: Colin Wing)
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The garden of this luxury residential complex remains much as it was planned in 1935, but the maturity of the trees and plants have made it more beautiful. It has a bloom of colour in the spring and summer, especially from the rose beds. There are two spacious lawns, an avenue of pollarded chestnut trees and several rockeries and raised borders. There is also an award-winning mimosa tree.

Recent additions are a herb garden for the tenants and a circular seated area nestled between Howard and Nelson House.

The dolphin fountain, commissioned from James Butler RA in 1987, can be found in the centre of the garden. Just up some steps from the fountain is the Moroccan Garden, which was landscaped in the 1980s following a competition. The Moroccan Garden has its own small fountain, raised lavender beds and terracotta-tile floor. Around the corner from the Moroccan Garden is a Japanese-style grotto made with original tufa limestone.

It may interest the ecologically aware visitor that Dolphin Square gardens are among the last gardens in Westminster to be watered from their own artesian wells.

Head Gardner: Michael Deville

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