Princess Margaret's garden to open to public for first time

Princess Margaret's garden at Kensington Gardens in London will open to the public for the first time as part of the London Parks & Gardens Trust Open Garden Squares Weekend

London Parks & Gardens Trust Open Garden Squares Weekend takes place on 12 and 13 June.

Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, which was the home of Princess Margaret for many years will be offering exclusive access on the morning of Saturday 12 June only for guided tours, with tickets allocated in advance. T

he garden, with a stone terrace which she described as ‘my eighteen feet of Mustique' was given to Princess Margaret soon after her marriage in 1960, and was shortly thereafter enclosed on the south and east sides by brick walls.

The half-acre ground, which was laid out from the early 1970s by the Princess - sometimes in collaboration with Roddy Llewellyn - possesses a number of trees and shrubs planted by Princess Margaret (including a cluster of camellias), a white-painted wrought-iron screen made from components of a former grandstand from Ascot racecourse, a trellis screen, and a wall fountain.

Visit www.opensquares.org for details on how to apply for tickets. The tours will be given by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and James Fox who are involved in the £12 million project to transform the public palace gardens and the visitor experience at Kensington Palace for HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

 

 


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