Surely no one will refuse from a chance to find himself in a fascinating, unknown secret garden, similar to that described in “Alice in Wonderland”. Londoners and the visitors of the city have this chance. Althoughmost of London’s historic squares are considered privately owned, and “average” Londoner cannot get intothem, the the Open Garden Squares Weekend gives everybody a chance to visit a “fairy tale”.
Two days peryear the «Оpen Gardens» project opens the gates to secret gardens in London. These are Phoenix Farm and Learning Zone, Regent’s University London and Red House. The rest of the gardens are clearly visible throughthe bars of the low fences, or do not look so particularly remarkable. They have nothing interesting to seeexcept benches, flowerbeds and trees. However, there are few “secret gardens” in London which no oneguesses about, but they do exist. Moreover: they are opened all year round and free to visit.
The first on the list is a Secret Garden near the entrance to the Queen Mary’s Garden. There you can liedown on the grass and admire the fountains, hide from prying eyes behind high hedges in a cozy gazebo,enjoy the nature and the birds songs.
The second park where you can feel yourself completely in the countryside is Osterley park. Surrounded by the pastoral landscape with white cows and horses, the lake with water lilies and bred swans, this place looks so calm! Placed in the shadow of the man-made forest of strange trees such as Amur maple and Canadian plane trees, this park is a perfect area for romantic people and for lovers.
Only 25 minutes by subway from the center of London – and you plunge into the landscape of the rural Chiswick House. It is difficult to imagine that there is a fuss on city life behind the park zone. There you willenjoy its charming waterfall, pond with swans and ducks, gardens with wild camellias and rhododendrons,wisteria and roses. Rest under the palm trees and cedars and watch jumping bunnies and squirrels. Lie onthe grass, and see huge stork nests and colorful parrots.
Mystical Barbican Conservatory can compete with Kew Gardens. The number of fantastic plants and rareflowers in this place amazes even the specialists. Romantic hearts are opened to love and care when theyenter Barbican Conservatory.
Grosvenor Square Garden is the largest of the three gardens in Mayfair and is close to the bustling shoppingstreets of Oxford Street. The name of the garden was the last name of the family that still owns this place. Grosvenor Family history began nearly a thousand years ago, during the time of William the Conqueror.However, the family obtained this estate near London only in 1677. Then, it consisted of 500 acts of marshesand pastures. In the 19th century the garden was reconstructed according to the fashion trends of the time, it got a more natural look. The garden was planted with bushes and plane trees, wide avenues replaced thecurly paths. At the beginning of the 20th century the statue of George I replaced the octagonal gazebo. That time the garden visitors had to pay money to enter the territory. During World War II, Grosvenor Squarewas badly damaged, and the iron fence was dismantled for military purposes. In honor of the victory in World War II in 1946, it was decided to make this garden a public garden for the common enjoyment.
Richmond Park belongs to the popular places known oversees. However, even this park has its secretplaces, unknown even for Londoners. Richmond Park is a wonderful place with lots of lawns and ancient oaktrees. The park is located on a terrace above the River Thames. The park has ponds and lakes, as well asabout 15 plantations. The most famous one is Isabella Plantation. Currently, the most part of the park,except for plantations and private territories is opened to public. Reindeer is the main attraction ofRichmond Park. They settled there over 350 years ago. More than 400 spotted deer and 250 red deer live in Richmond Park. Red Deer is the largest wild animal in Britain. Richmond Park trees are mostly oaks. Many trees in Richmond Park are trimmed, so that the deer cannot reach the leaves. Richmond Park area has 1000 hectares. It is the largest park in London, where you can walk endlessly.