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.

SPREAD 25c St Mary's Secret Garden (c) Candy Blackham, 17-6-17, 0722, HR-
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).

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.


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