THROUGHOUT 2016 - CAPABILITY BROWN 300 FESTIVAL, NATIONWIDE
A nationwide celebration of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's birth, in August 1716, with open gardens, exhibitions, activities, publications and more. Find out more...
2nd - 5th SEPTEMBER - GREAT FIRE 350, CITY OF LONDON
A series of commemorative events and activities will mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London (1666) across the Square Mile. With funding support from the City of London Corporation, creative producers Artichoke (creators of Lumiere London, the light festival that took over the West End and King’s Cross in January) will present a four-day programme of free spectacular outdoor installations. Londoners and visitors will be invited to explore the City and see its history, and to learn what the Great Fire means today through the vision of contemporary artists. Find out more...
It's never too late to apologise
In the year 1345, several members of the medieval fraternity of Gardeners who were selling their produce within the environs of St Paul’s Cathedral were expelled from the area for causing an affray. It was an event that had considerable repercussions on the Gardeners and as far as we know, no formal apology was ever made by its members for this reprehensible behaviour. Until now, 671 years later. Read more...
New Master installed and 2016 Prince of Wales Trophy awarded
The Gardeners' new Master, Paul Rochford, was installed at a dinner at Clothworkers Hall on 6th July 2016, and the 2016 Prince of Wales Trophy for Sustainable Horticulture has been awarded to RHS Wisley student, Margaret Tran. Read more...
River Cottage wins Gardeners' Award
This year's Prince Edward Award for Excellence in Horticulture has been won by River Cottage near Axminster, the headquarters of television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Read more...
Flowers in the City is blooming
Liveryman Helen Knight explains how our bi-annual flower campaign works and how it continues to make a difference in the City of London. Read more...
A sad farewell to past Lord Mayor Sir Gavyn Arthur, former Alderman for the Ward of Cripplegate and the Lord Mayor 2002-03, who died on 16th May, 2016. He served as Master of the Gardeners, Wax Chandlers, Public Relations Practitioners and the Guild of Freeman.
Future Gardeners Scheme floats at The Lord Mayor's Show
Eighteen Liverymen and family members making a party of 25 braved the rain to support Master Bernard in The Lord Mayor's Show procession and to launch the Future Gardeners project. Read more...
World War II Siren sounds to mark 75th anniversary of biggest Blitz attack on the City
An air raid siren was sounded at the Dowgate Fire Station on 29th December 2015 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the night of the Blitz when Guildhall and so many livery halls, 17 City churches, and many other buildings were destroyed or damaged on the night of 29th/30th December 1940.
But not St Paul’s. This was the night of the iconic photo of the Cathedral’s dome amid clouds of black smoke. It was taken by Herbert Mason, of the Daily Mail. More than 100,000 bombs were dropped on London by the Luftwaffe that night, which became known as the second fire of London, and saw 160 civilians killed with many more later dying of their injuries. 75 years on, a Massey Shaw fireboat re-enacted pumping water for the firemen, and other vintage fire appliances drove through the City at 6.05pm, the time of the start of the 1940 raid.
Prince of Wales Trophy 2015 winner Sid Hill in conversation
Duchy College student Sid Hill talks to WCoG about his work in global plant use and how it helped him win the Company's 2015 Prince of Wales Trophy. Watch the video and if you are inspired to enter this year's competition, download the entry form now...
WCoG becomes Perennial's first Diamond Partner
The Company is proud to become the horticultural trade charity Perennial's first ever Diamond Partner, launched at the charity's Party for Perennial on Friday 15th January 2016. The Diamond level is the...
2016 Prince of Wales Trophy - ENTER NOW
Calling all present and future gardeners working in sustainable horticulture, our annual competition to find the best of you is now open for entries. Entries must be completed and emailed to the Administrator by 29th April 2016. To enter, find out more and download the entry form here...
New year, new visits
The WCoG is looking forward to an exciting and varied new season of garden visits, including a day out to Welford Park, to see more than 200 species of Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) at Welford Park, beside the River Lambourn, and a week-long trip to Cornwall, where we will visit the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as take part in a Sealife Safari off the north Cornish coast. Later this Spring, there will be...
Keep an eye out for the Gardeners' float in the Lord Mayor's Procession
Give us a wave as we pass by, and if you're on Twitter, let us know what you think of our float and share your photographs of it with us...@GardenLiveryCo #LMS800
Gardeners prepare to join the 800th Lord Mayor's Show
Members of the Gardeners' Company are putting the finishing touches to its float, which will join the Lord Mayor's Procession on its three-and-a-half-mile-plus journey from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice in Aldwych, and back again, this Saturday, 14th November. The procession, which has been undertaken by the Lord Mayors 800 times since its inception in 1215, will be led by the newly installed Lord Mayor, Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans, who will travel in the 350-year-old State Coach, having first made his way up the River Thames in the Thames barge, QRB Gloriana, as the early Lord Mayors used to do. Behind him will be a 7,000 strong-entourage, including 173 horses, Taiko drummers and 140 vehicles, among which will be vintage steamrollers, tractors, fire engines, armoured vehicles, the Batmobile, Noah’s Ark and a tank. As part of the 800th birthday celebrations, the bell ringers of St Mary-le-Bow will ring out a special 800-change at noon, and the day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over the River Thames at 1715hrs.
WCoG partner BOST wins coveted award
The Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST), one of the Company's major partners in the Future Gardeners project, and the Trust's former Chief Executive Helen Firminger have won an important accolade from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA). more
Notelets launched in aid of the Future Gardeners project
Liveryman Dr. John Lancaster has generously allowed the WCoG to reproduce some of his unique collection of art as notelets. Available as a set of eight cards, with envelopes, they are available exclusively from the Gardeners' Company and are sold on behalf of the Future Gardeners project, which is supported by the Company. The cards, which will make fine Christmas stocking fillers, are priced £6.99 per box and must be ordered by 23rd October 2015. more
New Master and Wardens installed
Mr Bernard Williams has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners at the Company's annual Installation Dinner, held this year at Haberdashers Hall in the City of London. The outgoing Master, Mr Stephen Bernhard FI Hort, was congratulated on his full and active year of tenure and following tradition, he received his Past Master badge. more
Raymond Blanc awarded second Prince Edward Award
This year's Prince Edward Award for Excellence in Horticulture was awarded to internationally-renowned chef Raymond Blanc at a candlelit banquet in Goldsmiths' Hall. more
#bigreveal for floral centrepiece for the Lord Mayor's Big Curry
Guests at the Lord Mayor's Big Curry lunch at Guildhall on 16th April were greeted by a glorious centrepiece of blossom-laden trees, magnolias, azaleas and ferns, created by members of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners for this very special event in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
Company prepares centrepiece for the Lord Mayor's Big Curry
The Company has been invited by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow to create the centrepiece for his Big Curry lunch at Guildhall on 16th April, in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Plans are well underway, with trees and plants, naturally, expected to play a big part in the display. To find out more, and to buy tickets to what is set to be a spectacular informal affair, more
WCoG in Company City Gardens Walk
Members of the Company tour some of the most exciting of the City of London's gardens. Highlights include the historic Cross Bones Graveyard Memorial site, where the Bankside Open Spaces Trust is working in partnership with local writer John Constable, the Friends of Crossbones and others to create a garden, Borough Market, which is currently celebrating 100 years in Southwark, and the Rothschild Bank roof gardens.
Sky Gardens public access
Chair of the Metropolitan Gardens Association Deputy William Fraser OBE expresses concern about restricted public access to the Sky Gardens, situated at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street. For more, more
Prince of Wales Trophy winner in conversation on YouTube
Katie Benallick, 2014 winner of the Company's Prince of Wales Trophy, talks about her award-winning work in sustainable horticulture. Watch the video on our new YouTube channel here... Find out about the 2015 competition and how to enter (the deadline is 30th April 2015), more
Gardeners gather at the Mansion House
Members of the Company enjoyed an evening of stimulating conversation, good food and a special after-dinner performance of boogie woogie piano by Jean-Pierre Bertrand at the Mansion House on the evening of Friday 13th February, 2015.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: WCoG launches its 2015 PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY COMPETITION
The 2015 competition for the Prince of Wales Trophy is now open to entries from all students able to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable horticulture. The prestigious award is made annually, and all entries to this year's competition must be completed and submitted by 30th April 2015. For full details, and to DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM, more.
Writtle College student wins award after battle with lung condition
Karen Hook, honoured by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, tells her story.
TV presenter Julia Bradbury presents WCoG awards to top horticulture students
A first-time RHS Chelsea Gold medallist, next-generation community gardening team leaders and specialists in growing edible crops were among the eight students honoured by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners at its Autumn Court Dinner, held at the Drapers Hall in the City of London on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.
Liveryman Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
On October 14th, 2014, Liveryman Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE was received by Her Majesty The Queen and presented with his Stick of Office as Captain of Her Majesty’s Bodyguard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.
Gardeners to join sheep drive across London Bridge
The Master and members of the Gardeners' Company will join the Worshipful Company of Woolmen's sheep drive across London Bridge on Sunday October 5th, 2014. more...
Master Gardener at annual Cart Marking Ceremony
The Master Gardener was pleased to join other guests at this year's Cart Marking Ceremony, held in the Guildhall Yard on July 16th, when 47 vehicles were marked by the Master Carmen, Commander Robin Bawtree OBE RN, the Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE and the Master Glover Alderman Alison Gowman.
Company visit to Laverstoke Park Farm
Master Stephen Bernhard and members of the Company visit Laverstoke Park Farm to learn more about the work ex Formula 1 racing driver turned bio-dynamic farmer, Jody Scheckter and his wife, Clare. more
Awards night at Installation Dinner
HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO receives his Past Master badge as Mr Stephen G Bernhard FI Hort is installed as the new Master of the Company, and Sheffield University student in horticulture, Katie Benallick, is awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy 2014. more
Royal Master is special guest at Capel Manor garden party
In soaring temperatures, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO toured the gardens at Capel Manor before joining the Mayor of Enfield, Ali Bakir, members of the Company of Gardeners and other invited livery companies on the lawns of the Old Manor House.
Winning Flowers in the City garden open to public for Open Squares Weekend
The formal and kitchen gardens at Nomura International, the 2013 winner of the Master's Trophy in the Flowers in City competition, opens to the public. more
The Rev. John Heyton, Master Elect of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, earns his 20 shillings by choosing Thomas Fairchild's more challenging subject, "The certainty of the resurrection of the dead proved by certain changes of the animal and vegetable parts of creation".
Prince of Wales Trophy - WINNER CHOSEN
The winner of this year's Prince of Wales Trophy for Sustainable Horticulture will be presented with the award at an event in the City of London in the next few weeks. more
HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO presents inaugural award
Former Formula 1 World Champion turned bio-dynamic farmer Jody Scheckter and his wife Clare, of Laverstoke Park Farm, were presented with the inaugural Prince Edward Trophy for Excellence in Horticulture at the Worshipful Company of Gardeners’ Spring Lunch, held at The Butchers’ Hall on Tuesday 1st April 2014. more
Royal Master celebrates 50th birthday
The Worshipful Company of Gardeners offers many happy returns to its royal Master, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO, on the occasion of his 50th birthday on Monday 10th March 2014.