An exploration of Canary Wharf’s wonderful gardens and parks in four days packed full of walks, talks, workshops, art, demonstrations, innovative gardening displays and hands on children’s activities.
Last summer, we invited people to delve into the green spaces of Canary Wharf, and pick up some tips for their own gardens, learning to identify the estate’s trees or explore the stunning Roof Garden and its flora at Crossrail Place. Talks included Roald Dahl’s official biographer exploring the influence of gardening in Dahl’s writing, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s Manager and medalists discussing the role of the arts in garden design, The World of Beatrix Potter’s Head Gardener talking about recreating Potter’s garden from her drawings and Ceryl Evans leading an expert panel discussing all things Capability Brown.
A bit about the location…
Since its inception in the 1980s, the vision for Canary Wharf has included gardens, designed to enhance and enrich the environment with treed tranquil enclaves and civic celebratory spaces for its bustling communities.
Jubilee Park – landscaped by Willerby, the same company awarded The Garden Bridge – was completed in 2002 with 250 semi mature trees and nearly 3,000 ornamental grasses. Effectively a roof garden, built over the Jubilee underground and shopping mall, in 2015 Jubilee Park has been joined by another exciting and distinctive new rail rooftop space – the Crossrail Place Roof Garden – a covered oasis replete with its own auditorium. It is a vast garden with lush East-meets-West planting and well worth a wander, especially as its open to the public throughout the week.
When combining these two impressive ‘rooftop’ gardens with the colourful round borders of Westferry Circus, the tree-lined open space of Canada Square Park, meticulous topiary and avenues of trees among which world-class sculptural art nestles or stands proud, Canary Wharf is a striking destination for art, gardens and diverse horticulture.
So join us in June to explore how the gardens Bloom & Grow at Canary Wharf!
Presented in partnership with Canary Wharf Arts + Events.