South London Botanical Institute

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South London Botanical Institute

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) is like nowhere else, hidden away in Tulse Hill in South East London. Enter its doors and you will see a giant clock, a reminder of the Indian heritage of its founder. Visit the historic botanical library, full of both old and modern plant books. Enjoy the herbarium, a collection of over 100,000 dried plants, many over 100 years old and still the bright colours of the day they were picked. Unlike most other herbaria, this one is open to anyone to visit, for pleasure, art or research. Pass through the little greenhouse, full of carnivorous plants, and enter a small garden packed with many species of medicinal, dye, scented, poisonous and other plants. Follow the Moss, Tree or Edible Trails or take a chair by the pond to spot frogs and dragon flies. Open every Thursday for general visiting, the SLBI also runs numerous activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of learning, both during the week and at weekends.

Our Vision

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) was established in 1910 to introduce the people of south London to the science, pleasure and importance of plants. Still based in the original building in Tulse Hill, this historic aim continues today, but with a wider remit than just south London and with plant education for all ages at the heart of its vision: ‘Discovering plants, enriching lives, sustaining the future.’ The SLBI provides a unique environment to help people explore the world of plants and to access green space in an inner-city area. People of all ages and backgrounds attend a wide range of events (including school visits, school holiday activities, talks, walks and workshops) and use our small botanic garden, library, herbarium (dried plant collection) and education facilities. The specialist and heritage resources are free for all to access. The garden is designated a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. ​

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South London Botanical Institute

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) is like nowhere else, hidden away in Tulse Hill in South East London. Enter its doors and you will see a giant clock, a reminder of the Indian heritage of its founder. Visit the historic botanical library, full of both old and modern plant books. Enjoy the herbarium, a collection of over 100,000 dried plants, many over 100 years old and still the bright colours of the day they were picked. Unlike most other herbaria, this one is open to anyone to visit, for pleasure, art or research. Pass through the little greenhouse, full of carnivorous plants, and enter a small garden packed with many species of medicinal, dye, scented, poisonous and other plants. Follow the Moss, Tree or Edible Trails or take a chair by the pond to spot frogs and dragon flies. Open every Thursday for general visiting, the SLBI also runs numerous activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of learning, both during the week and at weekends.

Our Vision

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) was established in 1910 to introduce the people of south London to the science, pleasure and importance of plants. Still based in the original building in Tulse Hill, this historic aim continues today, but with a wider remit than just south London and with plant education for all ages at the heart of its vision: ‘Discovering plants, enriching lives, sustaining the future.’ The SLBI provides a unique environment to help people explore the world of plants and to access green space in an inner-city area. People of all ages and backgrounds attend a wide range of events (including school visits, school holiday activities, talks, walks and workshops) and use our small botanic garden, library, herbarium (dried plant collection) and education facilities. The specialist and heritage resources are free for all to access. The garden is designated a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. ​
Free Wifi
Shop & Plant Centre
Scientific Research Unit
Exhibitions
Forest & Eco School Visits
Membership
School Visits
Venue Hire
Courses
Free Access
Dogs Allowed

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