Bina Gardens East is a privately owned delight of a garden, hidden by houses and railings off the Old Brompton Road. When you enter the garden you are greeted by a magnificent specimen of a wedding cake tree (Cornus contraversa 'Variegata'), whose branches reach outwards in symmetrical, horizontal layers.
Although the garden is privately owned, it is shared with residents of the neighbouring streets, who can subscribe to use it, with all the proceeds of their annual fee going to the garden. Some other private garden squares in Kensington have formal committees with the rent historically collected by the council with the rates, an advantage for an assured income of a garden square; but in Bina Gardens East they collect the subscriptions themselves. Less committees, more gardening.
Information on visiting Bina Gardens East on Open Garden Squares Weekend »