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Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens

Past event 10AM-5PM Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June 2017

Event location: SW7 4NH

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  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens
  • Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea Open Gardens

Walk through classical and elegant Regency squares to more individual and naturalistic Victorian gardens. In between these, discover sunken gardens and surprising rooftop gardens, ranging from the sumptuous to the spiritual and serene.

One ticket gives you access to more than 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across the capital during London Open Garden Squares Weekend.

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Below are just those in the Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea area:

1. Bina Gardens East Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Nicknamed 'the Secret Garden', this small, rectangular garden was originally laid out as a formal garden by the Gunter Estate in the 1880s. Further details

2. Bramham Gardens Sun 10:00–17:00
Large, tranquil one-acre lawned garden established in the late 1800s. Further details

3. Cadogan Place North Garden Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Originally created by Humphry Repton in 1806, an important military site in WW2 and now effectively a roof garden since the construction of an underground car park. Some unusual trees and lots of lavender, giving a somewhat modern Meditereanean feel. Further details

4. Cadogan Place South Garden Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Originally known as the London Botanic Gardens, with mulberry trees up to 300 years old. More recent additions include a variety of ornamental trees, a water garden, a fern garden, mini-stumpery and a walk with spring interest.Further details

5. Carlyle's House Sat 11:00–16:00
Situated in the creative quarter of Old Chelsea, the Victorian writer Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane lived at 24 Cheyne Row for nearly 50 years. Further details

6. Collingham Gardens Sun 10:00–17:00
Grade II*-listed houses, representing the extreme point of late Victorian individualism, surrounding a communal garden laid out in simple, naturalistic style by leading Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto. Further details

7. Cornwall Gardens Sat 10:00–17:00
A garden in three sections, with the tranquil atmosphere of a woodland garden. Magnificent plane trees planted in 1870, now some of the tallest in London. Cool jazz, wine tasting and refreshments. Further details

8. Courtfield Gardens (East) Sun 10:00–17:00
A deeply sunken garden surrounding St Mellitus Theological College, with banks of azaleas and rhododendrons. Further details

9. Courtfield Gardens (West) Sun 10:00–17:00
A tranquil mid-Victorian square with a wide variety of shrubs and ornamental trees dating from 1873 which is dominated by one of London's largest plane trees. Further details

10. Earls Court Square Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Lovely Victorian garden originally laid out as part of the Edwardes Estate in the 1870s. Live music on both days. Homemade tea and cakes available. Further details

11. Edwardes Square Sun 10:00–17:00
A beautiful three-acre Regency garden square with meandering paths, shrubberies, lawns, flowerbeds, rose pergola, croquet lawn, grass tennis court and a children's play area. Grecian-style lodge. Refreshments including Pimms. Further details

12. Ennismore Gardens Sun 10:00–17:00
Award-winning Victorian garden which has been extensively developed and restored over the past 25 years. A new watering system has been installed which will enable substantial replanting to selected areas. Further details

13. Gledhow Gardens Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Formerly the back gardens of the surrounding Victorian villas, joined together to form a large communal garden by the Gunter Estate management. The clean microclimate has nourished some of the oldest and healthiest trees in London. Further details

14. Hereford Square Sun 10:00–17:00
Victorian square retaining its original charm. Garden full of trees and flowering shrubs, with very pleasant walks. Visitors are given a historical introduction to the square. Further details

15. The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden Sat 10:00–13:00
One of London's best-kept secrets! The serene setting of this beautiful roof garden reflects motifs from Islamic architectural heritage. Light refreshments available. Further details

16. Kensington Square Sun 10:00–16:00
Small garden dating from the 17th century providing a quiet, leafy haven just yards from Kensington High Street. Music 12-12.45pm. Further details

17. Lexham Gardens Sat 10:00–17:00
Small one-acre prize-winning square, refurbished in 1990. Garden party on Saturday 3-5pm. Children's entertainment. Further details

18. Markham Square Sun 14:00–17:00
Award-winning garden first laid out in the mid-19th century and redesigned after WW2. It was judged the finest square garden in Chelsea in 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2015. Further details

19. The Mosaic Rooms Sat 11:00–18:00, Sun 11:00–18:00
Urban garden alongside free exhibition by artist Judy Price. This hidden green space includes a layered modular garden and upcycled seating. Talks, events, bookshop and café. Further details

20. The Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Award-winning educational resource for visitors of all ages, revealing a range of British lowland habitats, including deciduous woodland, chalk meadow, heathland, reed bed and ponds. Further details

21. Nevern Square Sat 12:00–17:00, Sun 12:00–17:00
A mature late-Victorian garden with 29 varieties of tree and borders enlivened with new shrubs and plants. The square was built between 1880 and 1886 in the Domestic Revival style. Further details

22. Paultons Square Sat 12:00–17:00
Pleasant Georgian square built in the 1830s on the site of an old market garden. Further details

23. Queen's Gate Gardens Sun 10:00–17:00
Created in the 1860s the square was built on the site of former market gardens. Old mulberry and catalpa trees. The landscaping largely retains its original Victorian layout. Further details

24. The Roof Gardens Sun 08:00–11:00
An acre and a half of 79-year-old themed gardens, six floors above the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street. The head gardener will be present. Further details

25. Thrive Battersea Sat 12:00–16:00, Sun 12:00–16:00
A hidden oasis in Battersea Park, Thrive gardeners maintain three separate gardens within the park. Kiosk next to the main garden selling plants and herbs grown by our gardeners. Further details

26. Thurloe Square Sun 10:00–17:00
A typical Victorian garden, with mature trees, winding paths, lawns, borders, flowerbeds and children's play area.
Further details

Kensington, Brompton & Chelsea map
(Event post code SW7 4NH is nearest post code to Bina Gardens East - the first Open Gardens)

Tickets on sale
Adult weekend online advance ticket - £13 (available until midnight Thursday 15th June)
Adult weekend ticket - £15 (available to purchase from gardens across the weekend)
Group rate weekend online advance ticket - £12
Children under 12 - free (but will require their own ticket)
Sunday only ticket - £10


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