Types of Garden
Around 200 gardens take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend each year. There is a real variety - from the traditional private squares to contemporary roof gardens, not to mention skips, barges, museums, schools and allotments.
Private, Hidden and Community Gardens
We have a mix of gardens that are private, those that are not normally open at weekends and some that are open, but are hidden gems that you might not know about. Gardens that are normally open provide activities ranging from puppet shows to walks and exhibitions by friends groups. They will usually have active, dedicated community groups passionate about their local area, their garden and community.
Private and not normally accessible gardens are indicated with a key symbol () in your guidebook and on the web site. Alternatively you can display a list of them.
Not all gardens open for the full Weekend. All participating gardens take part voluntarily and, whilst we try to ensure gardens near each other have co-ordinated opening times, this is not always possible. Please do check opening times and day carefully when planning your weekend.
Your ticket allows you entry into all gardens apart from a few that require pre-booking or where places are allocated by ballot.
A Short History of London's Garden Squares
The story of squares, and how much has been done - and remains to be done - to preserve this integral part of London's landscape.
Hiring a Garden
You can hire several of the gardens that take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend for weddings and other functions.
See the list
Blue Fin Venue is available for private hires, including weddings.
Inner Temple, the second largest privately-owned green space in London with award-winning gardens.
Ham House is available as a venue for weddings and other events.
Portman Square Garden in Marylebone is available for private hire for suitable events. The Portman Estate arrange for the hire of Portman Square Garden only, allowing details of the event to be managed by the organisers. Please refer to their Event Plan Booklet (PDF, 422KB) for reference
Roehampton Club is available to non-members for weddings, summer parties etc.
Our garden selector is a fabulous tool for finding types of gardens, those in particular areas or looking for activities. If you like a garden, use the Pin-it button to post it for future reference onto a board in
Tales from Duck Island Cottage
Our blog features a different garden each month.
Man's Best Friend
Are dogs allowed in gardens?
A canine visitor at Warwick Square
Many gardens allow dogs on leads. These are shown with a dog symbol against them in the guidebook as well as the list of gardens on this web site. You can also obtain a list of gardens allowing dogs on leads. Other gardens allow only working service dogs – such as those used by blind people.