Open Garden Squares Weekend in London 2014

Yesterday was a brilliant day out, walking around some private gardens taking part the Open Garden Squares Weekend in London.
My husband and I packed a picnic, drove for half an hour and started our day in the glorious surroundings of  Hampstead and Hampstead Heath, London NW3.

We had planned our route and started at Gainsborough Gardens. A privately owned walled square, accessible through a high wooden gate.

Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead garden

Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead garden
Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead garden gate

 

Pattern and Form

I went with two heads on as usual – one as a gardener and also as an embroiderer looking for interesting patterns and textures for textile and felt projects.

Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead street sign
I love the way each borough in London has it’s own recognisable street signage
Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead - Daphne du maurier lived here sign
These fonts caught my eye.
Open garden squares weekend - sign for Fenton House in Hampstead
Open garden squares weekend - FEnton House, Hampstead garden
This topiary and textural bark will probably find a way to influence a future wet felting project.
Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead garden

 

Open garden squares weekend - Hampstead garden
Each tree in the orchard had herbs hanging from them and a wild meadow underneath

Neglect and Restoration

The day was hot and the route was very hilly. Therefore we were over joyed to find some dappled shelter from the sun under a beautifully long Pergola.

Open garden squares weekend - Pergola and Hill, Hampstead garden
Open garden squares weekend - Pergola and Hill, Hampstead garden
 

Open garden squares weekend - Pergola and Hill, Hampstead garden information sheet with photos

The gardens were in disrepair and taken on by the Corporation of London in 1980 – they are stunning now

The Open Garden Squares Weekend includes Allotments!

The gardeners were very welcoming, chatting to us about their many varieties of plants and how they make the area Bee Friendly.

Open garden squares weekend - Branch Hill Allotments, Hampstead
Open garden squares weekend - Branch Hill Allotments, Hampstead

 

Each plot had it’s own little personality.

Open garden squares weekend - Branch Hill Allotments, Hampstead
Warm and friendly gardeners – their individuality is expressed in each plot

I have lots of more quirkier ‘textile inspiration’ photos on my Facebook Page.

The places we visited were  Gainsbourgh Gardens………. Fenton House……. The Hill Garden and Pergola …… The Branch Hill Allotments.

Everyone taking part loved showcasing their gardens – definitely a date for next year – Notting Hill and Little Venice I think !

Are you a regular to the Open Garden Squares Weekend? Which is your favourite London borough? Share your thoughts below

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