MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO ALL
Although Kensington Gardeners' Club meets in Kensington and trips start and end there, membership is open to ALL. We are affiliated to The London Gardens Society. Many of our members, past and present, have gone on to win prizes in the LGS London wide competition.
ONLINE LECTURE - During lockdown we have held our first online lecture via Zoom with Timothy Walker, lecturer, botanist and gardener. Notes on the lecture and links to some of the gardens and plants he highlighted can be found HERE.
We were delighted with members’ responses to our first Zoom lecture by Timothy Walker on American Gardens. In case you missed the talk or would like to re-visit some of the gardens he mentioned, Fran has listed them with links on the website so you can browse through them, albeit without Timothy’s expertise and wit. I am afraid we cannot record talks as they are the intellectual property of the speaker.
UPCOMING LECTURE - We have been encouraged to host another talk, as we still cannot have our ordinary meetings. Be assured, these talks are an extra, not a substitute. We will revert to our usual formula as soon as we can so that you can enjoy the communal experience, and tea and cake.
Our next Zoom talk will be on Tuesday 14th July at 2.30 pm. It will be given by Stephen Anderton, who writes on gardens for “The Times”. He has visited us several times with fascinating talks –his last one was on “The Magic of Plants.” This time he will tell us about his own garden in the Black Mountains in Wales.
Please let me know if you are able to attend and, as before, we will be very pleased if you would like to invite friends to join us for the talk. Please let me know their names and email addresses by 11th July. I will then send out the details for accessing the meeting.
The talk will be free for members but we are asking for an optional small donation from guests (suggested amount £5.00) to help with the costs. Email us at for more details on how to do this.
Please see our Members' Gardens Photos for inspiration during the current Covid-19 lockdown.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
VISITS to interesting gardens
TALKS by gardening experts
GARDEN COMPETITION with prizes and trophies
CLUB MEETINGS & TALKS
Club meetings and talks take place in the basement lecture theatre at Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX.
Doors open at 2.00pm and talks commence at 2.30pm. Club meetings are free to members. Members are welcome to bring guests at a cost of £5 per guest.
Tea and biscuits follow the meetings at modest cost. This is a good opportunity to meet fellow members and socialise.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2020
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Check back on the website for updated information.
Saturday March 21, 2020
CLUB MEETING - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
We hope to reschedule this for next year.
Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm Plants will discuss their search for exotic plants on their travels to Vietnam.
Saturday April 25, 2020, 10:00
GARDEN VISIT -PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Exbury Garden, Hampshire – 200-acre site world famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias.
Sunday May 17 2020, 2:00 - 6:00
MEMBER’S GARDEN OPENING – National Garden Scheme - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GARDEN OPENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens, W11 2LW
Thursday May 21, 2020, 11:30
LONDON VISIT - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Pitzhanger Manor Ealing – meet at the gardens and grounds of Walpole Park, the delightful country home of Sir John Soane. Free entrance to the gardens, entrance fee for the house and gallery.
Saturday May 30, 2020, 10:30
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Kew Gardens Tree Walk in the Rhododendron Dell with Pat Smallcombe. Numbers limited to 20 so please book early. Cost £5.
Thursday June 25, 2020, 10:00
GARDEN VISIT - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Parham House and Gardens in West Sussex – a superb Elizabethan family house with award-winning gardens.
Saturday June 27, 2020
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.
COMPETITION JUDGING by Robert Player – Telephone 07949 441 662 for more information.
Sunday July 5 and Sunday July 19, 2020, 2:00-6:00
MEMBER’S GARDEN OPENING – National Garden Scheme -PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GARDEN OPENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE THE CORONA VIRUS.
57 St Quintin Avenue, W10 6NZ
Tuesday July 21 – Thursday July 23, 2020
GARDEN EXCURSION - Derbyshire - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.
Three days of garden visits, including Hardwick Hall. We will be staying in Buxton and exploring gardens in the area.
Saturday September 19, 2020
CLUB MEETING – PRIZE GIVING
Robert Player and The Mayor will present prizes to this year’s winners, accompanied by slides. Q&A with afternoon tea to follow.
Friday September 25, 2020, 2:00
LONDON VISIT - Fenton House Hampstead
Visit this handsome 17th century National Trust house with walled garden. Entrance fee £9.
Saturday October 10, 2020, 10:00
GARDEN VISIT - RHS Garden Wisley
The flagship garden of the RHS, not to be missed.
Saturday November 21, 2020