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

Winterton House Garden

Winterton House is a strikingly tall residential block on the Commercial Road in East London whose private garden will be open on Sunday 19 June, during Open Garden Squares Weekend – this is a ‘‘must-visit-&-linger! I was privileged recently to see this wonderful, young garden with surprises and enjoyments around every corner. The garden, hen house, and small vegetable squares are a lesson in what can be achieved by grit, determination, vision, and sheer hard work. And it is all due to two mature and extraordinary gardeners, Melvyn Smith and Ken Davis.