Dulwich and its neighbourhood is a green oasis bejewelled by its gardens – many magnificent, all inspirational, and all backed by astonishing depths of gardening knowledge. Each Spring the Gardens Committee publishes a comprehensive booklet “Dulwich Gardens open for charity”, with details of the local gardens that are open to the public during the year. The Committee also organises an annual talk and an annual coach tour/visit, open to all members of the Dulwich Society and their friends, and occasional local visits. Our talk this year is by Matt Keightley, Chelsea award-winner – see below – and our coach visit will be in June to the Oxford Botanic Garden and to Waterperry Gardens - details also below.
We contribute articles to the Society’s Journal, and generally we support gardening and related activities in our area. The Dulwich Society is an affiliated society of the Royal Horticultural Society. We publicise our events in the Society’s quarterly Journal and its monthly eNewsletter, both of which are available to members of the Society. The Gardens Committee normally meets four times a year. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Jeremy Prescott.
Visit to the Inner Temple gardens, 11am on Wednesday 28th June
The three-acre Inner Temple gardens are a relatively unknown haven of tranquillity and beauty in the heart of legal London, its wide lawns sweeping towards the river bounded by spectacular herbaceous borders. Our tour will be conducted by the Head Gardener, Andrea Brusendorf, the first woman head gardener in its 800-year history, now celebrating her 10th year in the role.
We will meet at the main gate to the gardens in Crown Office Row, Temple, EC4Y 7HH and our visit will last about an hour. Nearest tubes: Temple, Blackfriars.
Tickets are £12 each and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website (www.eventbrite.co.uk, search “Dulwich Society”) or from Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB (cheques payable to “The Dulwich Society” and a stamped addressed envelope please).
Visit to the Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden, 10.30am on Thursday 13th July
The Royal College of Physicians’ garden of medicinal plants contains over 1000 species, almost all with a link to medicine, whether as a herb used in folk medicine, a pharmaceutical drug or named to commemorate a Physician or honour a contribution to science. The garden surrounds the Grade 1 listed building designed by Denis Lasdun. Our visit will be conducted by Professor Anthony Dayan, Professor of Toxicology at Bart’s Hospital and a Garden Fellow.
We will meet at the main reception, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, NW1 4LE. Coffee etc will be available from 10.30am; the formal tour will start at 11am and will last about 1½ hours. Nearest tubes: Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street, Warren Street.
Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website (www.eventbrite.co.uk, search “Dulwich Society”) or from Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB (cheques payable to “The Dulwich Society” and a stamped addressed envelope please).
Dulwich Gardens open for Charity 2017
Our brochure, Dulwich Gardens open for Charity, has been distributed to all members of the Dulwich Society and is available at local garden centres and many other outlets. Do visit and support the gardens - they are all magnificent and they also raise significant sums for both local and national charities.
Talk to the owners, look for ideas, enjoy the refreshments, and above all enjoy the gardens themselves. You cannot but come away inspired and uplifted! Garden opening dates are shown below, with full details in the brochure.