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In London's le­gal heart­land sit­u­ated on the western edge of the Square Mile are the In­ner Tem­ple Gar­dens. These three-acre gar­dens in the precincts of the build­ings are a hor­ti­cul­tural trea­sure. Pri­mar­ily for the use and en­joy­ment of the lawyers and stu­dents us­ing the In­ner Tem­ple, the gar­dens are also open to the pub­lic. Records show there have been gar­dens on this site since the first lawyers took up res­i­dence in the 14th cen­tury. The gar­dens were the set­ting for the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s Spring Show from 1888–1911 af­ter which the show moved to its cur­rent home at the Royal Hos­pi­tal Chelsea. Dis­cover wood­land ar­eas with dis­plays of spring bulbs and shade-lov­ing plants, herba­ceous bor­ders packed with strik­ing dis­plays of an­nu­als, peren­ni­als, or­na­men­tal grasses and ex­otics thriv­ing in the shel­tered en­vi­ron­ment. Un­usual fruit­ing trees such as wal­nuts, med­lars and a black mul­berry hint at the an­cient or­chard that was once here. Free en­try, open week­days, 12.30pm3pm, but the gar­dens may be closed for pri­vate func­tions so phone ahead (0207 797 8241). » in­nertem­ple.org.uk

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