Fulham Palace Garden Tour
Saturday 19 May 2018
The tour of Fulham Palace Gardens, sited alongside the Thames, was guided by volunteer Jane Swithinbank who explained the importance of the site. Bishop Henry Compton (b 1632) was one of the botanising bishops, said to have selected missionaries for their botanising skills. His most talented and prolific protégé was John Bannister, who sent back seeds and specimens from North America, North West Africa, Gibraltar, India, the Virgin Islands and West Indies. Finds included seeds of Cedrus atlantica, Sequoiadendron giganticum, Liquidambar and Quercus coccinea. A highlight was the walled garden with its Wisteria from the late 1800s and the restored glass house.