The Dulwich Society Garden Group

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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 “Dulwich Gardens open for charity” booklet, with details of the local gardens that are open to the public during the year.

The Committee also organises an annual garden talk and an annual coach tour to one or more gardens of national importance, as well as occasional local visits. Details of these events, which are open to all members of the Dulwich Society and their friends, are included in the Society’s quarterly Journal and its monthly eNewsletter.

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. The Gardens Committee normally meets four times a year. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Jeremy Prescott.

Spring gardens talk - Troy Scott Smith on “Sissinghurst - revitalising Vita”
7.30pm Thursday 22nd March 2018
at the Lecture Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU

This year’s talk will be given by Troy Scott Smith, the Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden since 2013.  Before his move to Sissinghurst, Troy was Head Gardener at Bodnant in North Wales, another celebrated - but very different - National Trust garden.

Troy Scott Smith
Troy Scott Smith

Troy’s talk is called “Sissinghurst - revitalising Vita”.  He will tell us about the 7-year project which he and his team are carrying out to revitalise the garden, bringing about a more authentically Vita Sissinghurst - a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.

After the talk there will be an opportunity to meet Troy over a glass of wine.

Tickets are £10 each (including a glass of wine) and may be purchased through (search “Dulwich Society”), or by sending a cheque payable to the “Dulwich Society” & SAE to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB.

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Visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens and RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Tuesday 19th June 2017. Coach from Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Road - 8.15am for 8.30 departure; back around 6.15pm. Non-members welcome.

The Beth Chatto Gardens, near Colchester, were started by Beth Chatto in 1960. She took an overgrown wasteland of brambles, parched gravel and boggy ditches, and transformed it by using plants adapted by nature to thrive in different conditions. The informal gardens which have been developed here are now an inspiration to gardeners and plant lovers all over the world.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Today the Beth Chatto Gardens comprise the Gravel Garden, the Scree Garden, the Water Garden, the Woodland Garden and the Reservoir Garden. The planting in each garden reflects Beth Chatto’s dictum - “the right plant in the right place”.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, sits prominently on a hilltop with sweeping views across the rolling Essex countryside, taking full advantage of its 360-degree views. At the centre of the gardens there are intensely cultivated planting schemes that slowly begin to soften and blend out into the surrounding landscape.

The result is an eclectic mix of horticulture from traditional rose gardens and herbaceous borders to vegetable gardens and large sweeping borders of grasses and meadowland.

We will arrive at The Beth Chatto Gardens at around 10.45am where we will be given the Gardener’s Tour. After taking lunch there we will move on to RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Both gardens have extensive plant sales. We should arrive back in Dulwich Village around 6.15pm.

Tickets (including admissions and tour) are £30 each and may be purchased on the Eventbrite website ( - search “Dulwich Society”) or by sending a cheque (payable to The Dulwich Society) and stamped addressed envelope to Will Anderson at 141 Rosendale Road, London SE21 8HE.
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