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!
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 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 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.
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.
And then it is time to leave.
Foster & Partners
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.
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!
‘…Lavender Pond Nature Park was created in 1981 by LB Southwark in conjunction with the Trust for Urban Ecology and Landuse Consultants Ltd. It was once in the northern part of the Surrey Commercial Docks established in 1864 [and] finally closed in 1969. Nearby are remnants of the earlier industrial use, the Lavender Lock built in 1863 to serve a timber pond that belonged to the Surrey Docks, and the Pump House, built by Port of London Authority in 1928/9 over the channel through to the Thames…’. (London Gardens Online