Jeremy Prescott writes:

Dulwich Gardens open for Charity - in full swing

There are Dulwich gardens open for charity most weekends in June and in the first half of July, most with teas and many with plant sales as well. Full details are in the brochure which was sent to members with the Spring Journal and which is also available in local garden centres, and a list is on the Dulwich Society website. Visiting them makes for a pleasant afternoon.

Visit to the Horniman Museum gardens, 11am on Thursday 5th July

The gardens at the Horniman Museum run to 16 acres, with stunning views across London. The imaginative display gardens are closely linked to the Museum’s collections and showcase medicinal plants and plants with uses as diverse as building materials, textiles and musical instruments. The Arts & Crafts-style Sunken Garden has spectacular colour-coordinated displays of dye plants, and a new Grassland Garden designed by Professor James Hitchmough (London Olympic Park) will be opening in June to highlight threatened North American Prairie and South African landscapes.

Our visit will be led by Wesley Shaw, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman, and will last an hour or so. The visit is free and open to all members of the Society but numbers are limited - if you would like to come, please book a ticket through (search Dulwich Society). We will meet at the bandstand.

176, 185, 197, 356 and P4 buses stop outside the Museum on the London Road.

Trees Walk

Daniel Greenwood will lead a trees walk in Dulwich Park on Sunday 10th June at 4pm. Meet at the Court Lane Gate. Free to all members and guests.

Dulwich Park is a remnant of the ancient Dulwich Common. Before becoming a park in 1890 it was farmland close to where the River Effra, one of London's most well known lost rivers, flowed. Though the park is nearing 130 years of age, it has trees which are much older.

There are a number of old boundary oak trees which mark former parcels of farmland and common land. We will be looking closely at these trees, talking about their significance to us today as relicts of London's natural and cultural heritage.

Dulwich Park is host to a great variety of trees and we will attempt to identify and discover the stories of as many of the species as we can.