"Roll on next year. Lovely people, as always, visit our garden and enjoy being there."
Earls Court Square, 2012
Private institutional, commercial and communal gardens in all parts of London are welcome to take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend. The event, which originally created access to private squares in central London, now embraces a wide range of little known and hidden green spaces across the capital.
We are interested in gardens of all shapes and sizes, from the historic and traditional, to the new and experimental - in the air, on the ground or climbing the walls!
Gardens which take part can be:
Most of the gardens which take part are not normally open to the public (or have limited opening times) and are hidden or not fully on view to the public. They should have at least one of the following attributes:
A small number of public gardens are included in the event where there is a specific reason, for instance because they want to attract more attention and can offer activities or interpretation designed for the event, have recently been redesigned or restored, or have received a recent award, such as a Green Flag.
Once you have contacted us, we will take some details and arrange a time to view your garden and discuss arrangements. For the convenience of visitors, we try where possible to arrange clusters of gardens in an area and coordinate opening times. Visitors greatly enjoy talking to residents and/or the people who run the gardens, and we therefore ask you to provide at least two volunteers to oversee tickets and greet visitors on the day. If this is difficult, we may be able to help with providing volunteers.
Profits from ticket sales are shared between participating sites and help to support the work of the London Parks & Gardens Trust. Gardens are also welcome to raise money and/or awareness for their own causes.
If your garden would like to take part, please email us for an application form. For further information, please call us on 020 7839 3969 or email us.
* The English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens sets out nine criteria by which the historic significance of parks and gardens is judged, and includes sites laid out up to 30 years ago. These criteria act as a guideline where sites are included for their historic interest in OGSW. For more information on the English Heritage criteria, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.1415