For the first time in history, the Hyde Park Estate is opening its four newly designed gardens to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Tickets for this once in a lifetime event are only £10, children are free, but booking is essential. Purchase here.
Explore these four completely unseen and untouched oases in London on Sunday 7 April, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Each of the four redesigned gardens have been planted sympathetically to reflect the surroundings. The gardens on the Hyde Park Estate are owned and managed by the Church Commissioners for England and play a key part in the environmental and ecological strategy on the Hyde Park Estate. In 2018 they met their target of ensuring that 10% of the Estate was ‘green’ – not only with the garden spaces but by installing planters on unused paved areas, green roofs on new developments and olive trees throughout Connaught Village, the Hyde Park Estate’s luxury retail quarter and one of London’s best spots for independent retailers and gourmet food and drink.
The four gardens that will be featured on Sunday 7 April are:
- The Water Gardens: The original ‘brutalist’ garden was implemented in 1966 and completely refurbished in 2018 with all planting and paving lifted and replaced. This hidden treasure is suspended over a podium deck and features over 130 species, mature trees and lush vegetation interacting with brutalist design elements, threaded through 1500sqm of large shallow ponds with aquatic vegetation and freshwater fish. Hidden corners allow the visitor to sit and enjoy a variety of views.
- Coniston Court: In such a densely populated urban setting, the need for a rich biodiverse habitat is paramount. The ground plan is bold and graphic, containing distinct planting zones to provide contrasting vegetation patterns and textures. It is hoped that this landscape provides both a visually arresting design and an interesting and captivating garden experience for its users – the residents, who can stroll through and immerse themselves within the garden’s rich mix of planting styles.
- Devonport: Designed to be a quiet oasis in Central London and usually only seen by residents. This inner courtyard has dense mixed planting and set as a woodland garden with raised woodland bed. Garden also houses cold frame & nursery area for young plants. Also houses the cold frame and nursery area for young plants.
- The Quadrangle: These gardens are only ever seen by residents. Within the gardens are wildflower meadows and well established perennial planting. Themed borders in lower garden and island beds with architectural plants.
All of the gardens can be accessed by wheelchairs and are dog friendly. There are some steps at The Water Gardens for the upper levels. Refreshments can be obtained from the numerous local cafes in the vicinity.
The Hyde Park Estate is bordered by Sussex Gardens, Bayswater Road and Edgware Road. Nearest tube stations include Marble Arch, Paddington and Edgware Road.