Dulwich and its neighbourhood is a green oasis bejewelled by its gardens – many magnificent, all inspirational, and all backed by astonishing depths of gardening knowledge. Each Spring the Gardens Committee publishes a comprehensive booklet “Dulwich Gardens open for charity”, with details of the local gardens that are open to the public during the year. The Committee also organises an annual talk and an annual coach tour/visit, open to all members of the Dulwich Society and their friends, and occasional local visits. Our talk this year is by Matt Keightley, Chelsea award-winner – see below – and our coach visit will be in June to the Oxford Botanic Garden and to Waterperry Gardens - details also below.
We contribute articles to the Society’s Journal, and generally we support gardening and related activities in our area. The Dulwich Society is an affiliated society of the Royal Horticultural Society. We publicise our events in the Society’s quarterly Journal and its monthly eNewsletter, both of which are available to members of the Society. The Gardens Committee normally meets four times a year. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Jeremy Prescott.
Spring gardens talk – Matt Keightley on “The Chelsea Experience”
7.30pm Thursday 23rd March 2017 at the Lecture Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU
This year’s talk will be by Matt Keightley. Matt was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his “Help for Heroes” Show Garden, dedicated to the wounded men and women of the Armed Forces. Working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentabale, at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show he was awarded a second Silver Gilt Medal for his “Hope in Vulnerability” Show Garden.
Matt also received the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Show Garden for both gardens. Matt’s talk will focus on “The Chelsea Experience”, telling us about his journey to Chelsea, getting show gardens just right, and life after Chelsea. After the talk there will be the opportunity to meet Matt Keightley over a glass of wine.
Visit to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and to Waterperry Gardens
Tuesday 20 June 2017
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 as the Oxford Physic Garden, making it the oldest botanic garden in Britain. It was originally founded to promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature, and specifically to support the teaching of medicine at the University.
The Botanic Garden is situated in the centre of Oxford on the banks of the River Cherwell between Magdalen and Merton Colleges; its location is very beautiful indeed. Today the Botanic Garden has three separate areas - the Walled Garden, the Lower Garden and the Glasshouses.
Glasshouses were first used at the Botanic Garden in 1675; today the more modern Glasshouses are separated into the Arid House, the Palm House and the Alpine, Fernery and Insectivorous House. In June, the Herbaceous Border and the Merton Borders in the Lower Garden should look splendid.
Waterperry Gardens, which are a short distance outside Oxford, was home to the renowned horticultural college between 1932 and 1971, when the emphasis was on food production rather than ornamental gardens.
Over the past twenty years the present gardens have been developed to include the Formal Garden, the Mary Rose Garden, the Waterlily Canal and the Long Colour Border. More recently planted are the Yew Henge, the Pear Walk and a small arboretum in the meadow area beyond the canal.
Plants are available for purchase at Waterperry. In June, the roses and delphiniums are expected to be magnificent.
Coach from Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Road – 8.15am for 8.30 departure; return at 6.15pm.
Please note that times are different from last year.
Dulwich Gardens open for Charity 2017
Our brochure, Dulwich Gardens open for Charity, has been distributed to all members of the Dulwich Society and is available at local garden centres and many other outlets. Do visit and support the gardens - they are all magnificent and they also raise significant sums for both local and national charities.
Talk to the owners, look for ideas, enjoy the refreshments, and above all enjoy the gardens themselves. You cannot but come away inspired and uplifted! Garden opening dates are shown below, with full details in the brochure.