OPEN GARDEN SQUARE WEEKEND, June 9-10

I can not wait to take my kids this weekend to explore beautiful hidden jewels of London. Over 200 green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for public this weekend, June 9-10.

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There is so much on offer that it is better to have a look at the official guide (here)

My personal favourites this year are wildlife tours at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening, historical tours at Fulham Palace, landscape tours at Strawberry Hill House and Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary that offers tours about bees and their behaviour.

If you would like hands on experience try The Compound, Stave Hill Ecological Park to help create a wildflower meadow or dig out a marsh.

If you have a baby, and you would like to enjoy something special while she/he naps in a buggy, you can join Walworth Garden for workshops on gardening, herbal medicine and natural perfumery.

If you are planning to see a near-by garden, which does not have an organised workshop, you can prepare a fun activity for your children to make it more interactive and fun. I will be doing some flash cards to have a quest to spot certain plants – a little competition between brother and sister always helps to engage.

I love Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth about plants and we will have a look through this book before our quest and use it to prepare the quest.

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I hope you find your absolute favourite garden – just have a look at the official site and today is a deadline for early bird tickets for adults (kids come for free).

anya abdulakh