Booking opens for the Open Garden Squares Weekend

The annual green fingered equivalent to its architectural cousin has opened for ticket sales today.

Open Garden Squares is a chance to visit around 200 gardens over a weekend, some private and some semi-public spaces, but most are interesting.

Unlike its architectural cousin, there is a charge for the event – £7.50 in advance or £10 on the weekend – but it does cover the whole weekend and is pretty good value for money if you make use of both days as I did last year.

Most of the gardens will be ones you can wander into on the day – although as I realised last year, careful planning is needed to take into account some being open only at certain times of the day.

Advance booking will be essential for visits to the private gardens inside HMP Wormwood Scrubs and Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.

For the first time, there will be a garden on top of a supermarket; a garden with a building with a fizzy bottle roof and the garden used for horticultural therapy at Royal Hospital Chelsea. There will be the opportunity to tour the newly-restored gardens of Chiswick House with a local historian and discover its links to nearby Sutton Court.

Their website is OK, but I prefer larger maps, so as last year, I have converted their data into a map of my own.

Click here for my map – or here for booking details

You can buy tickets from the ticket hotline on 020 8347 3230 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm) or online from

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