Weekend highlights for… lovers of nature and horticulture

Centre for Wildlife Gardening (c) LPGT
(c) LPGT

In the third of our blog series leading up to Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018, we round up some of the events and activities taking place over the weekend that might interest those with a deeper interest in nature, horticulture and wildlife. A huge number of gardens will offer tours and opportunities to meet those involved in planning and caring for the gardens you visit: the highlights listed below suggest just a few of the more unusual of these events.

Don’t miss our previous post on family-friendly activities, as there are also many wildlife activities on offer that are more specifically aimed at children and their families.

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St Mary’s Secret Garden (c) Candy Blackham

If you plan to attend Open Garden Squares Weekend with a nature group or walking or gardening club, you might like to consider our Group Ticket option – buy seven tickets and get the eighth for free!

Please note that all event details may change: check the Updates page on our website for the latest details.


At the Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden, near Regent’s Park, visitors can
explore over 1000 different plants linked to the story of medicine. Special trails and tours will highlight plants used by Dr William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of the blood in 1628 (Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm).

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Southwark Cathedral Churchyard and Herb Garden (c) LPGT

Delve deeper into the many therapeutic uses of plants with herbal workshops and a Shakespearean botanical trail at Southwark Cathedral Churchyard and Herb Garden (Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm). Herb discovery walks will also take place at Canons Park, George V Memorial Garden (Sunday 1-5pm), alongside gardening workshops.

Abney Park will offer butterfly and moth walks as well as botanical walks on both Saturday and Sunday – visit the garden’s page for tour times.

A number of our guided walks will focus on horticultural themes, including a guided tree walk in Green Park, a tour of some of London’s green roofs and a walk focusing on biodiversity in the Square Mile. You can book guided walks online in advance – booking is highly recommended.

 

Weekend highlights for… children and families

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(c) Gavin Gardiner

In the second of our blog series leading up to Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018, we’re looking at family-friendly activities. The weekend is a great chance to get all the family busy outside and learn about some of the wildlife experiences you can access on your city doorstep. Don’t forget – under 12s go free.

If you plan to attend Open Garden Squares Weekend with extended family or a group of friends, you might like to consider our Group Ticket option – buy seven tickets and get the eighth for free!

This is by no means an exhaustive list – many other activities will be taking place in gardens on both Saturday and Sunday. Please note that all event details may change: check the Updates page on our website for the latest details.


Nature and wildlife 

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(c) Diana Jarvis

On Saturday at The Compound, Stave Hill Ecological Park, you can take part in creating a wildflower meadow or build an insect house. On Sunday you’ll have a chance to meet the Park’s beekeeper. (Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm).

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening will offer wildlife tours, bug-hunting, pond-dipping and a wild garden trail (Sunday 10.30-4.30pm).

You can also join in with pond-dipping, go on a garden tour or explore the beehives at Charlton Manor Primary School Secret Garden (Saturday 10am-5pm).

Sellincourt Primary School
(c) Diana Jarvis

Art, music and shows

Children are invited to tie a tag with a message to the Wall of Hope at the World Peace Garden, Camden. There will also be music, songs, poetry, storytelling and art classes and Fairy Shari will be in attendance on Sunday from 1-3pm.

At Crossrail Place Roof Garden, children’s workshops will take place from 11am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with ‘Tall Tales’ story sessions on Saturday, plus live music. See our previous blog post for more information about activities at Crossrail Place. 

Eaton Square will host John Styles OBE – one of the country’s leading Punch and Judy experts – with his traditional show. Shows take place on Sunday at 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.

King Henry’s Walk Garden will be holding a summer fete on Saturday, with garden games, pizza from a wood-fired oven and homemade cakes (plus Pimms and a plant sale for the grown ups!)


Check back soon for more weekend highlights, whatever your interests! 

 

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