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gruesome stories at the Guildhall

December 10th 2017
‘Bloods’ and ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ are the subject of a talk at Guildhall Library on 14th December (6-8pm) by Dr Peter Ross (Principal Librarian). Read the rest of this entry

Chelsea Physic Garden has new Head Gardener

December 10th 2017
Nell Jones has replaced Nick Bailey as Head Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden. Read the rest of this entry

London International Animation Festival

November 30th 2017
Barbican Cinema, 1st -10th December. The UK’s largest animation festival returns for its 14th year dispelling the myth that animation is just for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative productions. Read the rest of this entry

Changing of the Guard in the City

November 8th 2017
With the installation of the Lord Mayor at the Silent Ceremony on Friday 10th November, to be followed by the Lord Mayor’s Show the next day, the new Civic Party at the Mansion House, Guildhall and the Old Bailey will soon be in place. Read the rest of this entry

Applications invited for Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2018

November 8th 2017
The Chartered Institute of Horticulture announces that applications are now open for next year’s competition. Anyone under the age of 30 on 31st July 2018 is eligible to sign up and have a go at winning the £2,500 travel bursary generously provided by the Percy Thrower Trust. Read the rest of this entry

BUDDING GARDENERS GIVEN HELPING HAND

November 5th 2017
Eight budding gardeners have been given a helping hand into horticulture this autumn by the Future Gardeners scheme. The free course is aimed at those most in need: the long-term unemployed; people with learning needs and disabilities and those who can’t afford other horticultural training. Read the rest of this entry

Events at Guildhall Library

November 1st 2017
Thursday 23 November - Jews in the Fire Service in WW2: 6 - 8pm Cost: £5 plus booking fee, includes wine reception. The important part played by Jewish citizens in the WW2 Fire Brigade has until now been untold. Read the rest of this entry

Heritage Open Day and RHS

September 1st 2017
Behind the Scenes Tour of Codlings, Costards and Biffins at The Royal Horticultural Society, 80 Vincent Square, London, Greater London, SW1P 2PE. Read the rest of this entry

Time travel through the City

August 31st 2017
Enjoy the chance to time-travel from medieval to present day London through an immersive sound experience that captures the changing sounds of the City. Read the rest of this entry

London's first farm stall in a tube station

August 11th 2017
Commuters can grab organic produce from a London tube station in a ground-breaking project that utilises produce grown on a nearby urban farm. Read the rest of this entry

Charity concert in aid of seafarers

July 30th 2017
Concert pianist Phillip Dyson performs at a charity concert in aid of the Mission to Seafarers at 12 noon on 28th September. The venue is St Michael Paternoster Royal, College Hill, London, EC4R 2RL and the programme will include: Read the rest of this entry

The Inter-Leathery Livery Croquet Tournament

July 30th 2017
The Glovers' Company invites Livery companies to a croquet tournament on 16th September at Sussex County Croquet Club, Kingston Lane, Southwick, BN43 6YW. Read the rest of this entry

A new Master is installed

July 5th 2017
David Green CB QC was installed as Master of the Gardeners' Company yesterday and his election was celebrated at the customary Installation Court Dinner, held this year at Drapers' Hall. A barrister, David is currently Director of the Serious Fraud Office. Read the rest of this entry

The 2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year is Scotland’s Lachlan Rae.

May 12th 2017
This year’s competition came to an exciting end on the 6th May at University Centre Shrewsbury where the final eight competitors fought for the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world with a £2,500 bursary. Read the rest of this entry

SUMMER EVENTS IN THE CITY

May 10th 2017
Mary Cole-Adams presents a round-up of summer events... The Broadgate Estate's Urban Eden Season which began on the 10th April runs until the 10th June 2017. It mixes three pop up gardens with dining areas / food markets and interactive health and wellbeing – boosting events. Read the rest of this entry

The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch

April 17th 2017
The 10th Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch, held at Guildhall on the 6th April, was the Gardeners’ Company’s third year in creating a horticultural centre-piece based on a First World War theme. This year it was Passchendaele. Read the rest of this entry

The Prince of Wales Trophy

April 17th 2017
Awarded annually since 1999 under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, Liveryman, The Prince of Wales Perpetual Challenge Trophy is given to the horticultural student who, in the eyes of the judges, demonstrates a valid commitment to sustainable (which could include organic) horticultural practices. Read the rest of this entry

Future Gardeners achieve gold

April 9th 2017
The first group on the Gardeners' Company Future Gardeners project have now completed their Gold Course and were presented by the Master with certificates to mark their achievement at a special ceremony on the 5th April at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. Read the rest of this entry

Future Gardeners achieve gold

The Lord Mayor gives free organ recital

March 30th 2017
The Lord Mayor, Alderman Doctor Andrew Parmley, will play the organ on 31st March at St Stephen Walbrook in the fourth of a new series of Free Music Recitals. Read the rest of this entry

Perennial appoints new chief executive

March 28th 2017
Peter Newman, currently Chief Executive of children’s charity Dreams Come True, joins Perennial as Chief Executive in May this year following the retirement of Richard Capewell. Read the rest of this entry

RHS Director General awarded CBE

March 28th 2017
RHS Director General Sue Biggs, who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours, has received her award at Buckingham Palace. The award, presented by HRH The Prince of Wales, was made in recognition of her services to the environment and horticulture. Read the rest of this entry

Gardeners showcase horticulture careers

March 13th 2017
Livery Schools Link are holding a Livery Careers Showcase on Monday 20th March (3.30-5.30pm) and the Gardeners’ Company will be one of 30 Liveries with stalls showing what career opportunities are available in their particular Crafts. Read the rest of this entry

Stephen Hawking given City's highest honour

March 9th 2017
Professor Stephen Hawking has been given Honorary Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and cosmology. Read the rest of this entry

St Paul's appoints a female chorister

March 9th 2017
St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a female chorister - a Vicar Choral, the name for an adult member of the choir - for the first time in its 1,000-year history. Read the rest of this entry

Digging up London's history

March 9th 2017
Excavations for London’s Crossrail Project have unearthed huge numbers of objects spanning 8,000 years of human history since digging began in 2009. Many are on display at a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands (E14 4AL until 3rd September). Read the rest of this entry

Eminent gardener remembered

February 23rd 2017
Reflections on the life of eminent American Gardener Lanning Roper is the title of a service on Monday 27th March (1.10 to 1.50pm) at St Stephen Walbrook - part of the church's monthly Discovery and Explore series. Read the rest of this entry

Pancake races in Guildhall Yard

February 23rd 2017
The Annual Shrove Tuesday Inter-Livery Pancake Races take place in Guildhall Yard on Tuesday 28th February. This is always an enjoyable spectator event with Livery Masters in full gown (and heat proof gloves to protect delicate hands for H&S reasons!) competing for annually awarded trophies.   Read the rest of this entry

Accordion recital at St Stephen Walbrook

February 23rd 2017
Consummate musician Michael Broadway, a past master of the Glaziers’ Company, gives a Piano Accordion performance at St Stephen Walbrook at 5.30pm on Friday 24th February. Most Gardeners will be familiar with this fine Wren church which is the venue for our Christmas Carol concerts. If you miss this, look for the  series of free music recitals on the last Fridays of the month entitled The Lord Mayor’s St Stephen’s Serenades - details can be found on the St Stephen Walbrook website. Read the rest of this entry

The Lord Mayor's Appeal

February 17th 2017
Lord Mayor Alderman Andrew Parmley, believed to be the first organist Lord Mayor, will be playing the solo part in the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony in one of a series of fund-raising events in aid of the current Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Under the banner ‘Educate Support Inspire’ he is supporting three charities: the LSO Discovery programme, St Paul’s Cathedral Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals. Read the rest of this entry

MANSION HOUSE BANQUET

February 17th 2017
On the 8th February the Mansion House rang to the sound of a steel band and a choir of Past Masters as the Gardeners celebrated their annual banquet. The young musicians were the steel band of the Sir John Cass School. They played a spirited piece with great aplomb and professionalism and were received with enthusiastic applause. Then came the surprise of the evening – a setting of Kipling’s ‘The Glory of the Garden’ composed by the Lord Mayor himself, and led by a ‘choir’ (using the term in its loosest sense) of Past Masters, and the Master. Read the rest of this entry

MANSION HOUSE BANQUET

Guildhall Library events

February 17th 2017
Current free exhibitions at the Guildhalll Library include Marie Duval: Laughter in the First Age of Leisure which closes on 17th March and Londinium AD 43 which is on until 31st March. Read the rest of this entry

Spring Highlights

January 31st 2017
This year's Spring Court Dinner will be held at the Grocers' Hall on the 4th April (attendance Liverymen and their guests only). The Grocers are one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies and are second in precedence to the Mercers (the order of precedence was established by the Court of Aldermen in the 16th Century on the basis of the companies' political or economic power). They have been on their site in Princes Street since 1426 although the present hall, their fifth, was opened in 1970 following a disastrous fire which destroyed their Victorian premises in 1965. Read the rest of this entry

Spring Highlights

The Gardeners’ Carol Service

December 15th 2016
The Company’s much-loved Carol Service was held as usual at St. Stephen Walbrook with our Honourable Chaplain the Venerable Peter Delaney MBE leading the service. The traditional singing competition took place during ‘We Three Kings’ although we didn’t find out who won – it was probably that part of the congregation where the Master was sitting! Read the rest of this entry

The Gardeners’ Carol Service