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The Secret Gardens Of Spitalfields

May 21, 2023
by the gentle author

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Gardens in Spitalfields are open for visitors this year on Saturday 10th June from 10am – 4pm. Find details at the website of the National Gardens Scheme. If you are clever you can even fit in my tour of Spitalfields on the same day.

These hidden enclaves of green are entirely concealed from the street by the houses in front and the tall walls that enclose them. If you did not know of the existence of these gardens, you might think Spitalfields was an entirely urban place with barely a leaf in sight, but in fact every terrace conceals a string of verdant little gardens and yards filled with plants and trees that defy the dusty streets beyond.

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  1. May 21, 2023

    What beautiful secret gardens these are! I’ve never had a lot of luck with Hostas because the slugs and snails find them delicious. A fine selection of cats displaying great pride in their respective territories too.

  2. May 21, 2023

    What lovely little oasis of tranquility. Have a successful daym

  3. May 21, 2023

    Beautiful gardens, beautiful cats…

  4. May 21, 2023

    Wonderful hidden gardens inhabited by beautiful cats.

  5. Paul Loften permalink
    May 21, 2023

    Thank you GA for providing an oasis of peace and colour on this partially sunny , then grey Sunday morning .
    In stark contrast I recall childhood visits in the 1950’s to my grandmother little house just behind the London Hospital in Whitechapel. The back yard was perhaps 12 ft square and entirely concreted over , with an outside toilet . My uncle would warn me of the friendly rat that would occasionally pop his head out of the toilet bowl as a greeting . Indeed a trip outside to this foreboding exterior was considered with some trepidation .

  6. Irene Lilian Pugh permalink
    May 21, 2023

    Spitalfields Gardens are joy to be hold. More likened to The Secret Garden.

  7. Georgina Briody permalink
    May 22, 2023

    I make a point of visiting these gardens every year, cheers me no end.

  8. sandra gibson permalink
    May 22, 2023

    How wonderful is this rainbow of greens; so tranquil on the eye.

  9. Ann permalink
    May 24, 2023

    Can’t wait to see these beautiful gardens in person..we’re booked for Saturday 10th June??

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