South London Botanical Institute - Autumn Programme
The exciting new programme of events at the South London Botanical Institute has now begun with a Workshop on Fungus Identification (5 week course started 3Sep). Other highlights coming up soon are a Tree Walk at the Lambeth Country Show on 15/16 Sep, a Talk on London’s Mosses follows the AGM on 19 Sep.
On the 25 Sepa Wild Food Week kicks off with a Pop Up Super Club in the Institute’s historic house and walled garden in Norwood Rd. The Week continues with a talk about Forgotten Wild Food, 27 Sep, An Autumn Preserves Workshop gives an introduction to pickles and preserves and finally on 30 Sep a Walk in Peabody Woods to find edible foods.
The season continues with courses on Feather Mosses, the History of Plant Collecting, a Writers’ Workshop inspired by the life and work of Allan Octavian Hume the founder of the SLBI, and Using Seeds to help Plant Identification. There are various talks and workshops on subjects as varied as Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes), Plant Drawing, Microscopy Workshop and the Big Botanical Draw.
In October there will be a Celebration of the Centenary of Allan Octavian Hume - Indian ornithologist extraordinaire, enlightened administrator in the Indian Civil Service, early leading light of the Indian National Congress and founder of the South London Botanical Institute – but a man little know and appreciated today. A conference will take place at the Natural History Museum on 23rd October, with speakers from around the world. There will be visits to both the SLBI on Monday 22nd and Tring on Wednesday 24th to see the bird collections.
For full details visit the website www.slbi.org.uk/whatson.