Summer Events 2019

Park Square
Park Square (photo: Sarah Jackson)

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 at 2pm

Park Square & Crescent

Leader: Ric Glenn

Park Square and Park Crescent Gardens are two of the grandest gardens at Regent's Park and two of the larger communal garden squares in London. Designed by John Nash, they retain most of their original layout and have been managed since 1824 by the Crown Estate Paving Commission. A particular highlight is the Nursemaids’ Tunnel, an early pedestrian underpass connecting Park Square to Park Crescent.

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Beech Gardens (Photo: Diana Jarvis)

Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 6-8.30pm

Chelsea Fringe Panel Discussion

What are Gardens For?

At Coutts Skyline Garden
Panellists:
Nigel Dunnett, Kathryn Rossiter, Pilar Medrano Dell, Claire Ratinon
Chair:
Ruth Holmes, London Parks & Gardens Trust Chair of Trustees

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Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 at 6pm

Wapping Waterfront

Leader: Mike Dawson

Explore some of the most magnificent Thames panoramas on this early evening walk: visiting historic parks and dock basins, iconic riverside inns, warehouses and wharves, churches and canals. We will start on Tower Hill and walk to Limehouse Basin, returning on the DLR.

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8-9 June, 2019

Open Garden Squares Weekend

For one very special weekend in June, London's hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery.

With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore a huge variety of gardens which are usually closed to the public - and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.

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Tuesday, 25 June, at 6.30pm

London Parks & Gardens Trust Annual General Meeting

At The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

The Museum will be open from 6pm and there will be opportunities during the evening for you to give us your views on how the Trust should organise its committees and groups. Please come along early to discuss proposals and get involved with the consultation exercise around what we are doing and what we could be doing.

Tuesday, 25 June, at 7pm

London Parks & Gardens Trust Annual Lecture

Dr Catherine Horwood will lecture on Gardening Women

At The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

From Flora, Roman goddess of plants, to today's gardeners at Kew, women have always gardened. Women gardeners have grown vegetables for their kitchens and herbs for their medicine cupboards. They have been footnotes in the horticultural annals for specimens collected abroad. And their influence on the style of our gardens, frequently unacknowledged, survives to the present day. Dr Catherine Horwood is an experienced journalist, author and broadcaster who has written extensively on gardens and garden history. Her books include Gardening Women and Rose, a cultural history of the world’s favourite flower (Reaktion, 2018). Her authorised biography of Beth Chatto, Beth Chatto – a Life with Plants, will be published by Pimpernel Press in September.

There will be no charge for the lecture this year as we will not be able to provide refreshments.  The Garden Museum has an excellent café where you can book for dinner after the AGM finishes at 8.30pm or buy drinks.  

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 at 2.30pm

Pinner Memorial Park

Leader: Christine Wallace

Pinner Memorial Park preserves elements of the Victorian landscape setting of West House and remembers  the fallen of two world wars, particularly in the calm of the secluded Peace Garden. As a popular local park it provides for children and events but the traces of history are still there. 

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After the core walk, a guided extension which would take the group up Pinner High Street to the churchyard of St John the Baptist. The landscape architect and writer J. C. Loudon erected a puzzling memorial here after his father’s death in 1809. This is one of the few examples remaining of work designed by Loudon and may be of interest, strange though it is. 

Suggested morning visit: the Heath Robinson Museum, open Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Step free access.  There is a separate charge for the Heath Robinson Museum £6/(£6.60 with Gift Aid), over 65 £5/(£5.50 with Gift Aid).

Nelson enthusiasts may wish to take the opportunity to visit Paines Lane Cemetery and spot Victorian propriety obscuring the actual birth date of Horatia Nelson Ward and originally inscribing the ADOPTED rather than the BELOVED daughter of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. 

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Pymmes Park, painting c.1910. Enfield Local Studies Centre and Archive
Pymmes Park, painting c.1910.
(Enfield Local Studies Centre and Archive) 

Tuesday, 13 August, 2019 at 2pm

Pymmes Park

Leader: Margaret Baker

A mostly flat, easy walk taking in a wetlands, lake, pond and walled garden. The walk will finish at the Visitor Centre within the walk area. 

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Sunday, 15 September, 2019 at 2.30pm

Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019

Chingford Parks

Leader: John Goodier

This walk/bus tour will visit a range of open spaces in Chingford, including park, churchyard and burial ground. The walk is on Sunday, when the model railway will be operating.

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Cloudesley Square
Cloudesley Square (Photo: Colin Wing)

Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 at 2.30pm

The Squares of Islington

Leader: John Goodier

This tour will visit several squares and other small gardens around the Angel. There are many of them hidden in the residential streets. 

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