Discover the delights of other people’s gardens this summer
Every year, locals open their stunning gardens to the public, either independently, or as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Sadly, no Sheen Open Gardens this year.
27 May: 2-5pm / 3 June: 6-8pm
Kew Green Gardens
Behind a row of 18th century houses on the Green are five beautiful but very different gardens – some formal, some with traditional borders or wild areas. Tea in the afternoon, wine in the evening.
65, 67, 69, 71, 73 Kew Gardens TW9 3AH. £6 entry for all
2 June: 6-8pm
Vigorous climbers, old English roses, perennials a lush bog garden and waterfall. A real delight.
7 St George’s Rd, St Margarets TW1 1QS. £6 entry, wine
3 June: 11am-5pm
Petersham Open Gardens
Independently run, 12 of Petersham’s most beautiful and private gardens will open to visitors for one day – from the grand to the quirky, ornate to minimalist, there’s a garden for everyone’s taste.
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the day, last ticket 4pm, teas. petershamopengardens.org
3 June: 1-5pm
Just beyond Petersham, this walled garden in Ham was originally an orchard but now contains box hedges, clematis, climbing roses, perennials and mature trees. Plants for sale. Tickets £4, 18 Ham St, Ham TW10 7HR
3 June: 2-6pm
29 & 31 West Park Rd
No 29 is an Edwardian style landscaped garden, while No 31 is a modern botanical, with an ‘Oriental twist’, with an emphasis on foliage and rotating pool. Tickets £5 for both. Kew TW9 4DA
10 June: 2-5pm
Trumpeters House & Sarah’s Garden
A 2-acre garden on the original site of Richmond Palace, with lawns stretching down to the Thames. Clipped yews, box parterre and rose garden with Tudor walls covered in climbers.
Tickets £5, teas. Richmond TW9 1PD
17 June: 3-6pm
Large walled garden on Ham Common with orchard, wild flowers, knot garden plus a few chickens and birds.
Tickets £5, teas. Ham Common, TW10 5HB
8 July: 5-7pm
20 Beechwood Avenue
Minimalist layout with topiary, sculpture and writing shed. Tickets £5.50, wine. Kew TW9 4DE
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