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The Institute provides facilities for the study of plants including ecology and conservation, and aims to encourage interest in all aspects of plant life.

Since its inception in 1910, the Institute has enabled many to develop a satisfying and absorbing interest, become better botanists, pursue their own studies, share their knowledge with like-minded individuals and contribute to our natural heritage.


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Opening Times:    Thursdays 10am - 4pm Saturdays 10 - 2

Other times by appointment: Telephone 020 8674 5787

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Members include amateur and professional botanists, gardeners, artists, photographers, writers, ecologists, campaigners and teachers and all those who are keen to develop their knowledge of the plant kingdom.

The South London Botanical Institute is delighted and excited to announce it has been awarded £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our two year project, ‘Living History’.  The HLF grant means the local community will have more opportunities to use the library, herbarium and botanic garden and to enjoy a wide-ranging educational programme, and after a century of continuous use and surviving on a shoe-string, parts of the SLBI’s Victorian building will be refurbished and safeguarded for future generations. 

February Revels: Pop Up Supper Club returns 24 Feb.   Book early! Details

To listen to recent talks given on our founder, A O Hume go to humeshistory

Gift Membership:   A lovely present for someone interested in plants. Gift Membership Form


Venue Hire:  The Institute is available for hire. Call/email for availability and rates.

Take a look at the film Silent Girl filmed at the Institute as part of a 24 hour sci-fi film competition (parental guidance necessary):

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