Southbank – Queen’s Walk Window Gardens

With tiny apartments and the shining grey City looming to the East of London, it can be easy to get Donkey on the Edge syndrome, with less greenery than you are used to, but this really surprising installation on the Southbank takes all of your protestations and firmly squishes them.



“The Queen’s Walk Windows Gardens are large-scale allotments created from reclaimed windows that span one of the busiest and most activated public spaces in the world. Designed by Wayward Plants, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood, the imaginative garden has been built and cared for by the local community. Its unique design sees a transformation from open allotments during the day to illuminated sheds at night.”



Nestled between the Thames and the busy restaurants of the Southbank, this is a lovely and altogether interesting use of colour, reclaimed windows and prolific planting.



It’s cute, and there until the 9th of September. Go, be inspired (and then take a walk to the Waterloo Real Food Market. Mmmmmm)



I’m so jealous of how green-fingered these volunteer gardeners are, I can only grow weeds and a plants in our garden that pretty well look after themselves. I did try to grow windowsill herbs at one point, but they succumbed to green fly.




I love how random London always is – there is always another surprise around the corner.


Ps. Londoners, enter my flash giveaway – a pair of tickets to the Battersea Park foodie festival called FEAST. Enter quickly, the festival starts on the 16th!

Pps. I’m also guest blogging today for the lovely Runaway Kiwi about being (extra)ordinary.

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