Last weekend I joined in a walk or two and also visited one very special garden which I will tell you about in another article.
|Postmans' Park - Ferns|
Saturday I joined the Open Garden Squares Walk with Marion Blair (City of London Guide) who knows her onions (or should that be bulbs?). A popular tour, if the size of the group had anything to go by, which started at the City Information Centre ('CIC').
We began at the Festival Garden just completed to a contemporary layout in St Paul's old coach park, on to Fidelity Gardens, the area in front of 25 Cannon Street and then to Cleary Gardens. I will not describe the whole route as it will spoil the mystery of it when you take it yourself. That said having walked around the City in all weathers for the last eight months while studying, it was great to view it from the flora and fauna, trees and landscaping aspect.
|'The Gardener' by Karin Jonzen 1971|
A visit to Aldermanbury Square was an example of the City of London's planning requirements for developers to include a green or open space within their developments (Section 106). Contemporary landscaping with beautiful birch trees, and some interesting topiary/trimming or 'table topping' as its called of the precisely positioned plane trees, with a water feature with 24 jets set flush with the paving (not operating due to drought!!!) and a variety of grasses. Granite benches with interesting stainless steel inserts along the edge, skate board stops!
|Barber Surgeons' Hall|
The Barber Surgeons' herb garden, was a new find for me and really interesting, it had also never occurred to me before that you can visit this 'herb' garden at anytime, access down the ramp from London Wall into the Barber Surgeons' garden. It is in the bastion once used as the 'operating' theatre.
|Plaisterers' Hall Garden - Manicured!|
The walk also offers considerable historical background of plants and their discoverers throughout.
We continued along the Roman Wall and admired the neat edging of the area outside the Plaisterers, Hall, and then further along the wall to find where the wild flora and fauna grows.
|Roman Wall - wild flower area|
We ended at Christchurch Greyfriars, which due to the lovely wet weather we've been having, was in full bloom. Everyone enjoyed the walk and one couple so much so, they were coming back on Sunday.
|Christchurch Greyfriars EC1|
If you would like a walk with Marion Blair please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have missed this weekend but there are 200 open spaces in the City to explore. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/ look for Parks & Gardens.
A map can also be obtained from the CIC.