Kensington, London

The Roof Gardens & Edwardes Square

WHEN: Tuesday 7 August, 9.00am - 2.00pm
WHAT: Guided tours, teas/coffees on arrival & two-course lunch included
WHERE: Kensington, London
PRICE: £70

About

This event is currently SOLD OUT. Please contact Maya Albert, Events Assistant, if you would like to be added to the waiting list: 01372 384 043 / malbert@perennial.org.uk

Laid out by Landscape Architect Ralph Hancock and opened to the public in May 1938, the Grade II listed gardens are acknowledged as a place of ‘Specific Historical Interest’. Guests will view the Spanish Garden, based on the Alhambra, and the Tudor Garden, representing plants grown in Tudor England. Some of the garden’s trees are 75 years old – the American Red, Mulberry, and Japanese Maple all have tree preservation orders in place to protect them. Guests will see Mandarin and Carolina Wood ducks, native to the southern hemisphere, and of course The Roof Garden’s four resident flamingos!

After a 15 minute walk, guests will be led away from the busy throb of Kensington High Street into one of London’s most beautiful private garden oases, Edwardes Square. This late Georgian Grade II* listed square is over 200 years old and was laid out in 1819/20. It boasts a wonderful mixture of rolling lawns, mature trees, serpentine paths and imaginative planting, as well as a beautiful wrought iron rose arbour.

Considered unusually informal for its time, its winding paths survive to this day. With an outer perimeter in the style of a woodland walk, wide paths meander through the centre. The Square’s most unique feature is ‘The Temple’- a classical Greek style garden lodge built in 1820, now home to Head Gardener David Magson. David, formerly Head Gardener at Highgrove, will lead our guests on a forty-five-minute tour and guests will have free time to explore at their leisure and pose any lingering questions to David, who has also worked at Hidcote Manor and Ness Botanic Garden.

After returning to the Roof Gardens, guests will be treated to a two-course lunch with a glass of wine at Babylon restaurant.

Edwardes Squares photos © David Magson

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