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 piece of cake for those who arrive in costume!) and chocolate & gin tasting! We’ve also got our plant-based arts & crafts for children, in the February half term and Easter holidays.

As we move from a busy 2015 into an even busier 2016, here are a few pics from our events last year, to give you a taste of what’s to come…
IMGP6686 2 Jake woman over cliff The launch of our new Moss Trail in the SLBI garden, together with a Moss Photography workshop

IMG_7905 Ices    IMG_7943 Lights

Ever-popular ice-creams at our Chelsea Fringe Fete – along with an outdoor screening of ‘The Creeping Garden’

IMG_7725 Selling plants Plant sales – and enjoying the plants in our garden…

IMG_7613 Tulipa turkestanica   IMG_8422 Open Eve from window

…for Open Garden Squares Weekend or National Gardens Scheme, or just with a glass of wine in the evening….

DSCN1369 Ponds workshop Sept 2015….or in a workshop about ponds, led by London Wildlife Trust

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Lots of kids’ crafts – every half-term and school holiday – last summer making mini-gardens

IMG_8817 Arnica, Atropa belladonna, Digitalis

‘Herbs, History & ID’ taught us the difference between Arnica & Deadly Nightshade – with the help of our herbarium specimens…

IMG_9056 Sedge ID with Dr M Oct 2015….and ‘Cyperaceae ID’ brought “Dr M” from Reading University to run a workshop here for the first time

IMG_1094 J and S making bath salts

Our aromatherapy workshops are always a sell-out – this one making warming winter bath salts…

IMG_8856 Albizia in Cannizaro Park    IMG_8789 Ginkgo - Battersea Park Tree Walk Aug 2015

… and our Tree Walks are always popular too – seeing this beautiful Albizia in Cannizaro Park and the Ginkgo of our logo in Battersea Park last summer

IMG_20151010_160957122 flower cake  20468922097-17671653

Our first Big Botanical Bake Off produced some amazing results, and our annual Big Botanical Draw was as well-attended as ever

IMG_1014 SLBI The Fox Got You - Greenhouse

London’s first showing of ‘The Fox Got You’ came to the SLBI lecture room – all about the common plants used in major drugs

IMG_1261 David talking   IMG_1263

Finally…our End of Year Party – we’re probably quite unique in having a talk about Climate Change, but it was during the Paris talks and we were lucky to have David Cotton. And it was followed by much eating, drinking and merry-making.

So we hope to see you at one of our events soon! Take a look at what’s on offer on our Events page.

As ever, we’d like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their very generous support, which enables the SLBI to put on so many of these activities.



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