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 …

New website and botanical wallpaper launched!

Last night we celebrated the launch of our new website and newly refurbished lecture room – both part of our £100,000 support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Our lecture room now proudly displays a unique botanical wallpaper designed by a local artist, Augusta Akerman, based on her drawings of plants in the SLBI garden and herbarium. …

How wildlife friendly is our garden?

Much fun was had here today during our Gardening for Wildlife workshop. Many thanks to the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham for running it for us. We learnt all sorts of ideas about how to make our gardens more wildlife friendly – ponds, logs, specially made homes, planting for pollinators, companion planting etc. Then …

Our garden is springing into life

Despite the chill in the air, our garden is finally beginning to show the welcome signs of spring. Our local frogs certainly think it’s worth a visit – there are piles of them in the pond surrounded by frogspawn. No-one here has ever seen anything like it so now’s the time to come if you …

London’s first Moss Trail

Last Saturday 14 March we were very proud to launch London’s first Moss Trail here in the SLBI garden. The Moss Trail features twelve different sorts of moss, all clearly labelled in a trail around the garden. The Moss Trail launch was part of our ‘Moss Day’ which also included a moss photography class, children’s …

Botanical blogging

Welcome to our new blog! All part of our new website, due to go live next week – very exciting. We’ll be blogging about key events going on here, highlights in the garden and anything else we think you might like! Let us know what you think of it. Big thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund …