History

A postcard of the Gardens in 1904. Courtesy Westminster City Archives.

Prince’s Square Gardens was originally established in 1856 thanks to builder George Wyatt.  It was part of a pair with Leinster Square.  In 1861, the garden committee was convened to oversee the property.  Emphasis has been and continues to be placed on good behaviour and keeping the area attractive.

Prince’s Square Gardens was first closely detailed in an 1869 Ordnance Survey. Over the decades it has seen changes in landscaping and updates to it’s structures, but one thing has remained constant: as far back as 1869, two London plane trees were visible and they still stand today.  More information about PSG through the years can be found at London Gardens Trust.

Prince’s Square Gardens was originally established in 1856 thanks to builder George Wyatt.  It was part of a pair with Leinster Square.  In 1861, the garden committee was convened to oversee the property.  Emphasis has been and continues to be placed on good behaviour and keeping the area attractive.

Prince’s Square Gardens was first closely detailed in an 1869 Ordnance Survey.  Over the decades it has seen changes in landscaping and updates to it’s structures, but one thing has remained constant: as far back as 1869, two London plane trees were visible and they still stand today.  More information about PSG through the years can be found at London Gardens Trust.

More Recently
Before: PSG in 2005

By 2005, PSG was in need of serious refurbishment.  After several decades of selfless dedication to managing the space, in 2007 Lionel and Jalna decided to “pass the baton” to a new garden committee they personally selected and appointed.  The current committee adheres to the terms of governance (Rules, T&Cs, Byelaws) established by previous administration.

After: PSG in 2018
Jalna in the Gardens

 

The work of the new committee began with new grass and plantings to bring PSG back to life and invigorate interest.  The Garden now boasts a butterfly garden, redesigned centre bed, wildlife area, and compost bins.

Lionel and rescue dog Elvis

One thing that sets PSG apart is that dogs are permitted, with responsible owners, to enjoy the garden.  This is a rarity amongst garden squares in London, and it is due to Lionel and Jalna’s ceaseless dedication to rescuing animals.  Their love for animals and committment to their welfare led them to allow well-mannered dogs with responsible owners into PSG.

The Perfume Garden is another notable feature of PSG.  It is comprised of a wooden arbour enclosing a circular raised bed.  Featured plants are clematis, honey suckle, and climbing roses.  Further, cherry laurels surround the area to provide separation from the rest of the garden and offer a spot for contemplation.

Please see our Flora page for detailed information on the garden’s composition.

Sources:
https://londongardenstrust.org/conservation/inventory/site-record/?ID=WST086&fbclid=IwAR1tFr3hpk8wgqTdrUzzxlX0xLiisZl9Ezob_Df-RkX6hw13Lu-sQ08o08o
http://www.lsga.org.uk/LSGA_Histories.html
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/122723

More Recently

Before: PSG in 2005


By 2005, PSG was in need of serious refurbishment. 

After: PSG in 2018

 After several decades of selfless dedication to managing the space, in 2007 Lionel and Jalna decided to “pass the baton” to a new garden committee they personally selected and appointed.  The current committee adheres to the terms of governance (Rules, T&Cs, Byelaws) established by previous administration.

Jalna in the Gardens

The work of the new committee began with new grass and plantings to bring PSG back to life and invigorate interest.  The Garden now boasts a butterfly garden, redesigned centre bed, wildlife area, and compost bins.

Lionel and rescue dog Elvis

One thing that sets PSG apart is that dogs are permitted, with responsible owners, to enjoy the garden.  This is a rarity amongst garden squares in London, and it is due to Lionel and Jalna’s ceaseless dedication to rescuing animals.  Their love for animals and committment to their welfare led them to allow well-mannered dogs with responsible owners into PSG.

The Perfume Garden is another notable feature of PSG.  It is comprised of a wooden arbour enclosing a circular raised bed.  Featured plants are clematis, honey suckle, and climbing roses.  Further, cherry laurels surround the area to provide separation from the rest of the garden and offer a spot for contemplation.

Please see our Flora page for detailed information on the garden’s composition.

Sources:
https://londongardenstrust.org/conservation/inventory/site-record/?ID=WST086&fbclid=IwAR1tFr3hpk8wgqTdrUzzxlX0xLiisZl9Ezob_Df-RkX6hw13Lu-sQ08o08o
http://www.lsga.org.uk/LSGA_Histories.html
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/122723