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Open Evening with Garden Tour
Thu 25 May, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm BSTFree
Come and visit our house and garden. Plant and Seed Sales, A Garden Tour, and a chance to see some of our rarer Herbarium specimens and botanical books.
Refreshments including a variety of delicious Stingers – Nettle Cocktails!
The South London Botanical Institute was founded in 1910 by A O Hume to bring botany to the people of South London. A large Victorian house, largely unchanged since then, and set back from a flourishing front garden with a sweeping drive. Besides having a small but beautiful botanical garden at the rear with a rainwater pond, it also houses Hume’s original Herbarium consisting of over 200,000 herbarium specimens of pressed plants dating back to the 1800’s, a botanical library and lecture room, with new wallpaper designed by a young illustrator based on our collection.
We hold regular courses, talks and workshops on subjects as varied as Terrariums, Aromatherapy, Eco-printing, Plant Dyeing, Seaweeds, Grasses, and Microscopy to name but a few. We also have hands-on school visits almost every week teaching primary school children on botanical subjects relating to their curriculum. We are currently involved in two projects, Plant Recording for All Ages, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Botany on Your Plate, funded by the City Bridge Trust.
For more information about us see our website here
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- Detailed directions to the venue
- At junction with Tulse Hill Tavern, take Norwood Road down towards Herne Hill, approx. 40 metres down, SLBI is large Victorian building set back from road.