This website started as a way of recording both the gardens I visit and the creative inspiration I got from them. I began with Kent because of my role as Canterbury Laureate, but London’s parks and gardens have been part of my life since I was a student at the London College of Fashion many years ago so it was a treat to get back to them with the added focus of being part of the Chelsea Fringe.
Over a two week period, a different park or garden was featured every day, with photographs and a piece of writing – prose or poem – that connected with that garden somehow for me. I also added a prompt to write something.
I picked gardens that – in my opinion – are particularly good to write, or read, in!
And because I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to carry on. Here are some of the gardens gathered together in a capital bouquet! Some of them were ‘pop-ups’ for the Fringe but I’ve kept them here because, knowing London, more will be popping up all the time and this list gives an idea of that particular spirit. If you click on the map you can see where they are too.