Horticulture professionals have the chance to see behind the scenes of some of London’s most expensive and unique gardens. Commercial companies are among the properties revealing their usually private gardens to the public for one weekend.
Barings, a $271 billion US asset management firm, is opening its garden gates for the first time. It was the 2015 City in Bloom winner for Outstanding Horticulture. The garden was created by landscape architect, Charles Funke, in 2010. It reflects the history as a firm of merchant bankers with the north terrace inspired by Asia and the southern terrace by Europe.
One of UKs leading publishers, Hachette, is also allowing the public to have a sneak-peak into its roof garden. It harnesses the company’s British roots with an English country garden feel. It has two lawns and planted beds with a view overlooking the river Thames from Tower Bridge to the London Eye.
The event will highlight a range of styles from historic and traditional to new and experimental. Horticulture enthusiasts will see roof gardens, community allotments, gardens in skips, on railway platforms and on water.
The Vestry House, a historic building new on the list this year, has fused two distinct styles which combines traditional parterre planting with a contempary design. Vegetables and flowers are grown in planters with a special emphasis on plants to improve air quality and increase biodiversity in the City.
The Number 10 Downing Street garden will feature in the event, available only through public ballot. Visitors have the chance to see behind the scenes of other corporate gardens such as: Nomura International’s roof top garden, the MaRoCoCo Garden at Rococo Chocolates and law-firm Eversheds Sutherland’s vegetable garden.
This year a record breaking total of 237 gardens will be shown across London.
Tickets are priced at £13 and are available from 10:30am on Tuesday 28 February on the Open Garden Squares Weekend website. A single ticket allows access to all gardens for the entirety of the weekend.