Summer Events 2018

Gunnersbury Park

Thursday 17th May 2.30pm

Summer Walk 1: Gunnersbury Park

Led by Jan Anderson, Landscape Architect Ealing Council, and Chris Ellis, Head Gardener

Explore the former gardens of Princess Amelia and the Rothschild Family to learn about the recent Heritage Lottery Funded restoration works and plans for the future.

Price: £10

Book on line

Wednesday 6th June 6pm

Queenhthe mosaic

Summer Walk 2: Along the Thames in the City

Led by Mike Dawson, former Chair of LPGT

 A one-and-a-half-hour evening walk exploring 2,000 years of City history: the City’s key position on the River Thames, its tributary rivers and docks, Roman remains, churchyards, City Livery Company gardens and post-WW2 gardens.

Price: £10

Book on line

9th-10th June

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Open Garden Squares Weekend

For one very special weekend this June, over 200 green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore London's urban gardens, and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.

Full details


Monday 11th June, 6pm

The Trust AGM

The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

Price: Free to members

Monday 11th June, 6.30pm

The Trust Annual Summer Lecture

Food in the City

Kim Wilkie

From the beginning of their city, Londoners have always grown food. Kim Wilkie, farmer and renowned landscape architect, believes that ‘in England, garden and countryside are part of a single strong idea’, for which ‘growing food is a fundamental’, and ‘city and suburban gardens are as relevant as country estates or village plots.’ In London as in other cities we need to ‘redefine housing to incorporate dense living with green living’.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments

The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

Price: £12

Book on line

Tuesday 3rd July, 2.30pm

Inner Temple gardens

Summer Walk 3: Inner Temple

Led by the Head Gardener

Inner Temple Garden is a haven of tranquillity and beauty with a sweeping lawns, unusual trees and charming woodland areas. The herbaceous borders show off inspiring plant combinations from early spring through to autumn. 

Price: £10

Book on line

Monday 20th August, 2pm

Summer Walk 4: Priory Gardens, Orpington

Led by Michael Marriott

The gardens have been developed from the 16th Century and are now Grade II Listed by Historic England who say “Pleasure grounds and a park, since 1952 a public park, largely developed to their present layout from the late C19. The pleasure grounds continue to reflect the influences of the Arts and Craft Movement and the last private owners' interest in Italian Gardens. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe designed the Theatre Garden”. They are adjacent to Orpington Priory which is an old ecclesiastical building with parts dating back to the 12th Century.

Price: £10

Book on line

New Southgate Cemetery

Thursday 13th September 2.30pm

Summer Walk 5: New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium

Led by Colin Barratt

The cemetery is the home of a wide range of faith groups’ burial grounds. This tour will explain the need for this cemetery, its design, and the many interesting features and areas within it.

Price: £10

Book on line

Thursday 20th September 2018

Twickenhamshire Revisited

Conference at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham

Strawberry Hill (Photo: The Strawberry Hill Trust)

A one-day conference presenting new research and a tour of Horace Walpole's restored garden. Speakers to include:

The day includes tea/coffee and lunch and a glass of champagne and, subject to confirmation, a visit at 5pm to Pope's Grotto.

Registration and coffee in the café at 9.45am.

Tickets: Standard £50, SH Friends and Volunteers and London Parks & Gardens Trust members £45.

For more information and to book email Claire Leighton: or call 020 8744 1241.

Saturday 6th October, 2pm

Summer Walk 6: Humphry Repton and the 'Wembly' Park/Barn Hill Landscape

View from the summit of Barn Hill
View from the summit of Barn Hill

Led by Leslie Williams, Researcher and Susan Darling, LPGT researcher

Wembley Park was an important early commission for Repton. Whilst little of Repton’s original landscaping at Wembley Park survives, the walk will explore the adjacent area of Barn Hill, believed to have been part of the original design and which shows key features of his original planting.

(Note this walk is on grass paths and is steep in places.)

Price: £10

Book on line

Other Summer Events

For other things to do this summer, you may like to browse the following: