Category Brunswick Square
The volunteer gardeners were very busy – all 14 of them – on the first Saturday of April planting herbs and shrubs, to refresh the existing pharmaceutical garden inspired by Lovell’s Herbal. The plants included myrtle, rhubarb and rosemary, to expand the range of plants with medicinal properties in this area outside the UCL School of […]
The UK has experienced its warmest winter day on record according to the Met Office, with the temperature at Kew reaching 21.2C (70.2F), breaking the record for February set only on Monday (over 20C) and the previous record of 19.7C in Greenwich in 1998. It certainly brought the crowds out into the gardens as though […]
Peeping out over the railings on a December day, the welcome sight of the winter-flowering cherry tree. The delicate pale blossom of Prunus x subhirtella is not as showy as some of later-flowering varieties but, as a promise of spring days to come, it’s uplifting in the midwinter gloom. It also fits the Regency style of […]
One of the smaller Bloomsbury squares had a starring role in the last episode of the recent BBC drama Bodyguard –Woburn Square. Spoiler alert: a man in a suicide vest was being negotiated with by armed police as he stood in the middle of the square – which isn’t square at all but long and […]
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Peter Pan is associated with Brunswick Square, as J. M. Barrie once lived there. The literary connection was celebrated during Open Garden Square Weekend in June, as a children’s art activity took Peter Pan as its theme and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital charity (who benefit from Barrie’s royalties) had […]
Over 200 gardens in London are taking part this year. In Bloomsbury many of the squares and hidden gardens will be open or have special activities, including Bedford Square, Brunswick Square, Gordon Square, Russell Square, St George’s Gardens and Mecklenburgh Square. See the Open Garden Squares website to find details of which gardens are open […]
Now the snow has gone, and thankfully the freezing temperatures with it, it’s hard to remember what the usually green Bloomsbury squares looked like in the last week of February when the ‘beast from the east’ blew in.