Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore some of the borough's beautiful, secret, green spaces this weekend

FOR those of us who like a snoop, Open Garden Squares Weekend is an annual treat. This year, over 200 gardens are being thrown open to the public on 13 and 14 June. 

Those on show within Hackney are as diverse as the borough itself: from the small but beautiful St Mary’s Secret Garden in Hoxton, to the grander gardens of The Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road, via the 35 micro-allotments at The Growing Kitchen on Wenlock Barn Estate.

Dalston Eastern Curve and St Joseph’s Hospice gardens on Mare Street, will be at the fore of the event, with community projects also under the spotlight at Cordwainers Community Garden, Mare Street, and the canalside Gloucester Square Residents’ Garden.

Don’t forget to visit Fassett Square, in Dalston – the inspiration for the set of EastEnders – as well as the Shakespeare Garden at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, where hit BBC comedy ‘Rev’ was filmed. And when you’re done, reward yourself with a stop at the Russet Café gardens, in Hackney Downs, or head to the summer fete at King Henry’s Walk Garden, in N1, for a Pimms.

Tickets for Open Gardens Squares weekend cost £10. There are also guided walks availabke to go on too.