Category Events

Trees – their secret stories

On Saturday 22 May, Bob Gilbert will give a talk about Trees – their secret stories for Friends of St George’s Gardens and friends. He will talk about the protective power of the birch, death and the elder, how the hazel shaped our history and more stories behind some of our commonest trees and shrubs.  […]

How to identify trees

How To Identify Trees by Greg Packman, ArboriculturalistThursday 13 May 20216-7pm This talk is taking place ahead of the Urban Tree Festival which runs from 15th-23rd May. London Gardens Trust is delighted to promote this Festival which celebrates urban and suburban trees, woods, forests, scrubland, hedgerows and all the wild places that bring life and joy to our […]

Parks during the Covid crisis -and the future of events

“Local green spaces were used heavily during the lockdown as many people craved fresh air and exercise. When cafes, pubs and other social spaces were closed, the parks and gardens became the place where public life was experienced.” A recent short article in the London Garden Trust’s newsletter London Landscapes by Dr Andrew Smith of […]

Bloomsbury Festival 16-25 Oct 2020: Eye-Spy stories

It’s that time of year again, when the Bloomsbury Festival lights up Bloomsbury, though with inevitable differences in this coronavirus pandemic. For the full programme see bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/2020vision/ or listen on Bloomsbury Radio 87.9FM The festival EYE:SPY project sets out to uncover some of Bloomsbury’s untold stories. While many of the area’s residents are famous (Charles […]

Bloomsbury Festival event in St George’s Gardens, 17 Oct

On Saturday October 17 at 2.30 p.m., from his grave in the Gardens, the ghost of William Nicholson, Georgian polymath, will join his biographer, Sue Durrell and the Ucell energy team from University College London for a walk and conversazione about his life at the crossroads of Georgian arts, literature, science and commerce. Tickets are […]

No Open Garden Squares, instead a Victorian flower show

This weekend would have been the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend, when normally closed gardens open and the open gardens in Bloomsbury take on a festival air too.  Not this year, thanks to coronavirus Covid-19, not yet anyway.  However, here is a previous floral celebration  in Bloomsbury to enjoy as some small compensation. In 1863, […]

Friends of St George’s Gardens AGM and talk, 6 March

You are warmly invited to the FoSGG AGM on Friday 6 March, 7-9pm, at the Marchmont Street Community Centre (WC1N 1AB). This is an opportunity to hear what we’ve been doing in the past year and influence plans for the coming year. Please do come along and support the Friends. After a short business meeting […]

Season’s Greetings

Season’s greetings to Bloomsbury from the Friends groups of Bloomsbury’s squares and gardens. Last Saturday Friends of St. George’s Gardens welcomed passers-by to carols, mulled wine and mincepies and made a collection for St Mungo’s work for homeless people and the foodbank.

Much Ado About Nothing in St George’s Gardens

Much Ado About Nothing will be performed in the Gardens on July 22-26. Tickets are now on sale – just go to https://www.shakespeareswanderers.co.uk/productions. We’ll be there, so hope to see you too!

Words of the Wood, St George’s Gardens

Friends of St George’s Gardens report that their fringe event during Open Garden Squares Weekend on 8-9 June 8-9 was very successful. The weather was good. Friends member Annette Freeman put her word clues on the trees early on Saturday morning and she and a rota of Friends welcomed visitors with the Words of the […]