Bina Gardens – Open Garden Squares 2016

This year I visited gardens between Earls Court and Gloucester Road underground stations during the Open Garden Squares Weekend, starting with Bina Gardens East.

This peaceful and lush garden has been cleverly designed and planted to created different areas and climates. Treed walks are filled with shade-loving plants, and the play of light through the leaves is marvellous.

A walkway in Bina Gardens East

Palms in Bina Gardens East

Bina Gardens East

There are unusual plants and trees – variegated Kerria and Cornus help to lighten the narrow space. Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is a delight, and the Paperbark Birch tree is beautiful.

Salvia 'Hot Lips' in Bina Gardens EastPaperbark Birch in Bina Gardens East

Bina Gardens East

This is a quiet, peaceful haven hidden between the buildings and created by enthusiastic triumvirate of ladies. Do visit next year!

Bina Gardens East

 Bina Gardens East

Bina Gardens East

Bina Gardens East

Michelle Meilland in Greenwich Park

I look forward to seeing this rose every year. Just for a few weeks I enjoy the whirl of pink petals and it is a special joy to visit Greenwich Park and head for the rose garden.

Michelle Meilland in Greenwich Park

Michelle Meilland in Greenwich Park

Michelle Meilland in Greenwich Park

Michelle Meilland in Greenwich Park

Pink Paeonies – The Essence of Summer

The Paeony Borders in Greenwich Park seem rather smaller and more restrained this year, but perhaps I am imagining it. Right now the paeonies are displaying themselves completely unrestrainedly, in pink, magenta, and white, and somehow managing to survive all the rain.

Paeonies in Greenwich Park

Paeonies in Greenwich Park Paeonies in Greenwich Park

Paeonies in Greenwich Park Paeonies in Greenwich Park

And I am sharing this with Garden Photography.

Paeonies – The Essence of Summer

The paeonies are flowering in Greenwich Park – gorgeous, luscious, flamboyant, fragile…

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Paeonies in Greenwich Park

Paeonies in Greenwich Park

Paeonies in Greenwich Park

Paeonies in Greenwich Park

And I am sharing this with Garden Photography.

Garden Barges near Tower Bridge

What an amazing place! The Garden Barges will be open to the public during the Open Garden Squares Weekend of 18 and 19 June – do visit! Gardens are tucked into all corners of the moored barges, and there are even bee hives – magical!

Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Bee Hives on the Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Garden Barges

Brunel Museum in Open Garden Squares Weekend

The Brunel Museum is housed in the Pumphouse for The Thames Tunnel which was built in order to facilitate transport, and trade, from the north bank to the south bank of The Thames and it was designed as a foot tunnel and for horse-drawn transport. The Museum will be open during the Open Garden Squares Weekend, 18 and 19 June 2016 – do visit!

The Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

The Tower or Shaft was the original entrance to The Thames Tunnel which was the first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world. Work started in 1825 and was finally completed in 1843. Today the top of the Tower has been transformed into a garden which is the setting for botanical evening cocktails with The Midnight Apothecary using ingredients grown in the garden or foraged in the neighbourhood – Wow!

The garden on top of the Tower, The Brunel Museum

Roses around the garden in the Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

Cocktails at the Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

The Tower or Shaft was the original entrance to The Thames Tunnel and today it has been transformed into an underground Theatre with a busy programme of events.

The stairway into the underground theatre at The Brunel Museum The stairway into the underground theatre at The Brunel Museum The underground theatre at The Brunel Museum

For further information
The Brunel Museum
Isambard Kingdom Brunel

 

Crossrail Place Roof Garden at Canary Wharf

I love visiting the Crossrail Roof Garden in Canary Wharf and here I can only give you a hint of this beautiful garden in an exciting setting – do spend some time in this exciting garden during the Open Garden Squares Weekend on 18 and 19 June which is part of the Bloom & Grow Festival at Canary Wharf. 

Canary Wharf Crossrail Place

Crossrail Place at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Roof Garden

Ferns in Canary Wharf Roof Garden

Canary Wharf Roof Garden

Canary Wharf Roof Garden

Canary Wharf Roof Garden

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And then it is time to leave.

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Further information
Foster & Partners

Woollon House Garden

Woollon House is opening its garden during Open Garden Squares Weekend on Sunday 19 June – do visit this peaceful space created by an intrepid and determined gardener in Tower Hamlets who would love to have your company! And this time it is a working lady, digging and planting on her own – fabulous results and lots of interesting ideas.

Roses in Cable Street Community Gardens

The roses are all over the Cable Street Community Gardens, draped over railings, climbing up trellises, hidden away in unexpected corners – gorgeous! These are Community Gardens, not specialist rose gardens, and I have posted on the Gardens, but the roses are so beautiful I felt I needed to share these images with you – if only I could post the scent. Do visit on Sunday 19 June during Open Garden Squares Weekend!

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Roses in Cable Street Community Gardens

Cable Street Community Gardens

Cable Street Community Gardens

Roses in Cable Street Community Gardens

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