An A-Z of the SLBI in 2016

So much has happened at the SLBI this year, where do we start? Let’s start with A… Aromatherapy was as popular as ever and this time festive, making beautiful gifts with essential oils. ‘Botany on Your Plate’ was the name of our new project funded by City Bridge Trust, bringing education about food plants to …

Heritage happenings, past and present

As we embark on our new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ‘Plant Recording for All Ages,’ we thought we’d just reflect on everything we’ve achieved in our last HLF-funded project: ‘Living History: Sharing our botanical historical heritage’. Over the last 2 years we’ve done a fantastic amount with the £100,000 we were …

Another Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the SLBI!

Great news – we’ve just been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £99,600 for our new ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’ project! The project will bring our historic herbarium up-to-date, make it accessible to all and enable visitors to use it for a range of activities. The project will start in May 2016 and will …

Victorian floral fun!

A great day was had by all, yesterday, as visitors flocked here in Victorian costume for our Victorian Variety day. An amazing number of people dressed up for the occasion, and dressed as a Victorian maid opening the door, it was a joy to let them in! All those who came in costume were well …

New Year, New Botanical Events – with a look back at last year too

Our new Spring programme of events is now live! A huge range of activities this time, with something for everyone – botanists and non-botanists, adults and children. Upcoming workshops include Botany for Gardeners, Botanical Perfumery, Twig ID, Willow Basket Making and Terrarium Making. There are also tree walks, talks, a Victorian Variety day (a free …

Botanical Bake Off launches new Autumn events

We kicked off our new season of Autumn events last Saturday 10 October with our very first ‘Botanical Bake Off’! Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, entrants of all ages got creative using botanical ingredients, flowers and flower pots! These were the 3 winning bakes: Visitors enjoyed judging the cakes with a cup of …

Chelsea Fringe – fun with fete, felting & film

Yesterday was our big event for the Chelsea Fringe Festival – a fete in the afternoon followed by an outdoor screening of ‘The Creeping Garden’ film in the evening. Thankfully the weather held and it was botanical ice creams all round, and only a few rugs on the knees later on in the evening. Sarah …

NGS Open Day a huge success

We’ve been open this afternoon for the National Gardens’ Scheme (NGS) – a nationwide scheme in which public and private gardens open up occasionally for charity. We usually do our NGS day in June, but thought we’d open in April for a change, as our garden looks lovely at this time too. The result was around 100 …