Sunday, 19 July 2015

Through Instagrammers' Eyes and Lenses

Open Garden Squares Weekend may be over a month ago but we have been looking at all your wonderful photos from the Weekend on Instagram. There are so many gardens and here at Duck Island we don’t always get to see everything; so it's brilliant to be able to experience the Weekend through your eyes and lenses! We’ve especially enjoyed your perspectives and creative angles on our gardens. Here are some of our favourites!

We love this looking-through photograph of Belgrave Square from @pedroh1962

Using the fencing to frame the garden visitors really captures the idea of unlocking your own secret garden experience!

This wonderful take on the Moroccan mosaic tile floor at MaRoCoCo Garden Rococo Chocolates is from @thesilvercherry

We had the pleasure of the London-based Instagram group @igerslondon joining us on the Saturday for an Instameet.

It was tough to choose a favourite from their meet-up pictures but we loved the simplicity of this image.

Up on the rooftop of the award-winning Nomura International PLC garden there were birds of prey for visitors to meet, and many people were able to learn more about some of the nation's favourite birds. We love this snapshot of the inquisitive beautiful hawk from @homepheonix

This year we teamed up with Instagram sensation @symmetrybreakfast to create a limited number of special breakfast hampers for visitors to enjoy picnic-style in the gardens. Instagrammer @iswanting not only took this fabulous picnic garden photo but also brought her own (symmetrical of course) breakfast trays to enjoy the hamper!

Proof that natural and man-made can exist in harmony, this lovely photo by @monokraum mixes the calm, tranquil gardens with modernist architecture of the Barbican at Beech Gardens, one of the newer gardens.

We absolutely love this photo by @juliakolbeek of The Skip Garden Global Generation near King's Cross.

This clever reflectagram captures the spirit of the garden's organic urban agriculture and also incorporates art and installation.

Speaking of gardens and art, many of our gardens feature sculptures (you can use our on-line sculpture trail to find many of them).

This striking David Harber features in Eaton Square by @pedroh1962

The classical female nude hidden in the trees in Warwick Square by @mjbaker

@neversitstill took this photo of wonderful Dancers by David Wynne in Cadogan Place North Garden. Evidence of the breadth of design of the sculptures and ambiance they bring to our gardens.

We also brought poetry to our gardens this year with The Poetry School’s Mixed Borders collaboration. This photo by @londonse4 was taken in Postman's Park.

Capturing the fantastic source of inspiration and truly moving nature of this garden.

Make sure you visit and follow our Instagram account @opensquaresweekend and our featured Instagrammers for more wonderful photos from the weekend. You can use the tags #ogsw2015 and #opengardensquaresweekend to share your photos.

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