I was lucky enough to gain access to some of the greenest corners of the city last weekend, thanks to the Great London Garden Trail. For those who missed the event here’s some highlights. I braved the torrential rain showers that threatened to mar the day and wandered through some inspirational secret gardens. Varying in size from rooftop oases to multi-acre stunner, the gardens had colourful blooms, fragrant foliage, stunning landscaping and fantastic water features.
Great Ormond Street Hospital’s rooftop garden was a hotly anticipated stop on my tour. Usually only open to hospital staff as an antidote to the pressures of the workplace, the GOSH rooftop garden was designed by four-time Chelsea Flower Show medallist Andy Sturgeon, and gives a fantastic view over the London rooftops. Here we found chunky red furniture, perfectly manicured chunks of lawn, tulips blowing in the breeze and stunning sculptural Glulam beams. The garden is stunning at night, commanding breathtaking views over twinkling London…
My favourite London garden was 11 Lauriston Road in Wimbledon. The jaggedly shaped but perfectly groomed lawn is bordered by low-clipped yew hedges. With a vegetable garden, wild flowers, basalt terrace and an impressive reflecting pool filtered through decorative reeds, I experienced a strong bout of garden envy!
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