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05 June 2012

Open Garden Squares Weekend? Yes, please!

There will be no rest for the weary (though jubilant) this week! Although the Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities officially end today, whence the many party and parade goers will be miserably back at work nursing headaches and hangovers, this garden history student's diary is packed full of wonderful events continuing through the end of the week.

Tomorrow, 6 June, there is a meeting of the London Historians in a pub near Westminster Abbey (and doesn't that just call to mind the Inklings meeting at the pub in Oxford? England is fantastic that way). This group is new to me and isn't focused on garden history, per se, but is a meeting of amateur and professional historians who love, well, history of all kinds and possess a fondness for this amazing city we live in and all the stories it has to tell.

On Friday 8 June there is a seminar at the Institute for Historical Research titled 'Gardens of Marrakesh: Back to the Future'. The garden history seminars are always interesting, informative - and free! - and the group is invited to dine together afterward.

The the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance - London's Open Garden Squares Weekend - is this weekend 9 and 10 June, all day both days. This event also signals the end of this year's first annual Chelsea Fringe festival and what a wonderful way to draw the curtain on such an eventful spring. I'm looking forward to seeing as many gardens as I can, some that are completely new and unknown to me, plus the special events: How can I pass up World Wide Knit in Public Day!? I just might get some help on that sock that's been languishing unfinished in my bag.

If you're in London and still riding the tide of Jubilee adrenaline, you might want to check some of these out. And my fingers are crossed that the weekend is a bit less wet than the past few days.

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