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Tradescant's Retreat Gardening Group @ Tate South Lambeth Library

Project location: London | Lambeth | Vauxhall

Part of the Clusters: Capital Growth | London | Project Dirt | The Big Dig

Type: Informal community project

Composting Gardening Wildlife & Conservation

Latest Activity: 2 years, 11 months ago

Created: Thursday May 31, 2012

Members: 3

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Formed in May 2012 by the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, the group was inspired by the establishment of the 'Tradescant's Retreat' garden and expanding the use of the library. 

Some of our activities:

  • Growing and propagating the Tradescant plants
  • Getting involved in street plantings (the Tradescant Area Residents Association has been doing a lot this spring)
  • Talks and workshops
  • Investigating properties of plants
  • Garden coaching support, swapping tips, seeds etc

We are currently (Aug 2016) having open garden sessions on the second Saturday of the month, from 1.30 onwards (til about 4.30) in the garden behind the library. This is for gardening, but also just for people to enjoy the garden by sitting and reading or chatting. We will also be selling plants and welcome plant donations for these sales. Enter by the side gate if it is open or ask the librarian to come through the staff area to the back.

We also have a Gardening Team that meets for short local gardening sessions in the library garden and other local plots (more information below). If you would like to be on the list for gardening, text or call Penny on 07821 401 793. When we are having a session, we send out a text with time and place, then you just come along if you have time.

Read this short journal article 'Why our library garden is called 'Tradescant's Retreat' about the great plant collectors, the Tradescants, who lived in the 17th century near the library where Tradescant Road is now.

Tradescant's Retreat Gardening Group @ Tate South Lambeth Library

London | Lambeth | Vauxhall