05 June 2013

London Open Squares weekend

This weekend, 8 and 9 June 2013, is the London Open Squares weekend when a variety of community gardens and private squares around London will be open for visitors. Many Lambeth gardens will be open including Durand Gardens in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SW9.

Photo of Durand Gardens SW9 on vassallview.com
Durand Gardens on the Open Squares website
The London Open Squares website describes the gardens: "Durand Gardens are an unusual D-shaped space in the Stockwell Park Conservation Area. The shape of the garden is said to be derived from its being the site of a plague pit. The area was developed from around 1840 to 1870. The houses were built around the garden on a pattern-book system in a wide variety of styles. 

The gardens themselves were neglected for many years until the residents bought them in the 1980s. Since then they have been kept as woodland gardens and are at their best in the spring, with large displays of bluebells and daffodils. The main group of trees are limes and oaks, with a scattering of specimen trees amongst them. The central grass area is a delightful spot for a picnic.

There is now a residents' scheme to develop a wider season of plant and tree display. An exhibition will explain the history and plans for the site."

More information on the Open Squares Weekend website