South London Botanical Institute, London

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The South London Botanical Institute was founded in 1910 by Allan Octavian Hume, a former civil servant for the British Raj in India.


After returning to England in 1894 Hume turned his attention to British and European botany, and horticulture, which eventually led him to create the Institute in a large Victorian house in Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, South London, to provide an environment where anyone interested in plants, whether amateur or professional, could meet to develop their knowledge of botany.


The Institute has changed little since its founding, and is of interest to historians as well as botanists. It contains the original library with an extensive collection of botanical books, monographs and journals and herbarium with a collection of dried, pressed plants from Britain and Europe, mounted on sheets accompanied by collecting details, to help members name or identify plants correctly. The lecture room was renovated and restored in 2015, including some unique wallpaper designed by Augusta Ackerman. There is an active programme of talks, practical courses, and field excursions.


It maintains a small botanic garden containing examples of over 500 species.
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  • Love the plants offered on sale - best value - healthy plants - everyone offers great advise - I always try to attend when they have plant sales - love the garden too  more »
  • This organisation was established over a hundred years ago for those with an interest in botany and has been going ever since. It is open Thursdays and Saturdays but seem to have special events at...  more »
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  • . Lovely. Very quirky old house full to the brim with lots of botanical book's.. The garden is beautiful full of very rare and interesting plants
  • Beautiful little garden. Informative and lovely people who are only to happy to help you out. If you have even a shred of interest in botany and a free Thursday, head on down.
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