Spring in Britain is a force to be reckoned with. Upon its arrival, blue skies storm through the fortified cloud ceiling, making room for the sun to spread paintballs all over mother nature. The clock system shifts forward by an hour, stretching the daylight long into the evening. The balmy weather scrapes away the frowning mask on Londoner's face, revealing a big smile and sparkling eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses.
The truth is, we are all in love with Spring, and we will follow it wherever it goes.
To celebrate this sweet love affair, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) runs an annual campaign called the National Gardening Week (April 13-19) to help people celebrate, learn about and conserve their gardens, green spaces and local environment.
This year sees a new and exciting addition to the campaign -- the first-ever National Open Gardens Day -- which, for one day only on Friday, April 17, will give the public the chance to explore gardens that normally charge for entry or are only available for private visits.
If you've been to the popular Open House London architectural festival, this is basically its horticultural cousin.
The inaugural event will see 27 gardens across Britain opening their gates to the public for free, including the following locations in and around London.