We offer a bespoke, tailor-made education programme here at the CPG – for all Key Stages, including EYFS – to celebrate and learn about the wonderful world of plants. With this, we can provide a unique and valuable learning experience that, not only meets curriculum objectives but also is suited to interests and needs to you and your class.

A typical educational visit includes a tour of the Garden, with a focus on your topic, a chance to handle a variety of plant artefacts and an opportunity for each child to plant a seed to take home.

Sessions are available for full-day (£8) or half-day (£6) per child. Adults are free. Here the dates which are currently available in 2018. once you've had a look at these, Book a session here.

Please note:

  • We charge for a minimum of 15 students.
  • We can comfortably accommodate 30 children per visit
We have some provision to offer free sessions to a limited number of schools. Please contact our education team to discuss this option.

See below for workshops and topics we have delivered. If you are looking for something different, we can plan a personalised workshop, just for you.

For your planning, please see a Risk Assessment for educational visits (PDF/33Kb)

Call our education team on 0207 349 6453 or email on [email protected].

Topics that we can cover during a school trip

EYFS:

  • Exploring using the senses
  • Patterns, colours and shapes
  • Pond life

Key Stage 1:

  • Seasonal Changes
  • The mini-beasts of the compost bin
  • Plants in our lives
  • Plants and the weather
  • Pond life, including pond dipping
  • Materials in the garden

Key Stage 2:

  • Seed dispersal
  • Variation in plant life
  • The art and science of chocolate
  • Germination and plant growth
  • How can we improve our environment
  • Plant poisons
  • Plant medicines
  • Climate change and us
  • Ecology of the pond and compost heap

Key Stage 3*:

  • Natural dyeing
  • Ecology – including food chains, abiotic and biotic factors and trophic levels found within the garden.
  • Forensic biology
  • Botanical toxicology
  • Medicinal planting
  • History of plant exploration
  • Exploring the tensile strength of plants and their relationship with fabric
  • Plant pathogens

*All suggested Key Stage 3 workshops can be amended to support A-level students.


If you are looking for something a little more 'off the peg', here is a list of  workshops we can potentially offer:

  • Water World
  • Perfumes from plants*
  • Recycled Sculpture* (with Michelle Reader)
  • Living Colour
  • Forensic biology (CSI: Chelsea)
  • Flight Club
  • Paper stick sculptures* (with Darcy Turner)
  • Dinner with Dinosaurs* (with Studio Cultivate)
  • Seeds
  • Plants in our lives
  • Lotions and potions
  • Chocolate
  • The Shakespeare Garden Project* with Studio Cultivate
  • Princesses, Pirates, Merchants and Worms: A History of Silk* (with Studio Cultivate)
  • Plant adaptations
Dates currently available for 2018 Dates currently available for 2019

December 4, 6

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January 7, 9-11, 14, 16-18, 21, 25, 28, 30-31

February 4, 8, 11, 15

March 19, 25,

April 1, 2, 4, 5, 23, 26

June 7, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25-27

July 1, 18, 22-24

September 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27


“This year we have been lucky enough to have received £86,300 over three years from the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.”