The trees are now back in leaf after the winter dormant period and the grand avenues are looking resplendent in their verdant coats. The traditionally managed acid grassland meadow at Buck Hill had a spring cut and harrow at the end of March by our visiting Shire Horses. Other areas of meadowland throughout the park should start to see rapid growth through the late spring and early summer.
South Flower Walk
The spring has seen some major development to the eastern end of the South Flower Walk to complement the new catering kiosk. The works have included hard and soft landscaping changes with the biggest changes to be seen in the new flower beds. They have been planted out with a range of flowering trees, ornamental shrubs and herbaceous perennials with pockets of seasonal bedding. The colour scheme has been chosen to reflect the colours of the Albert Memorial; white’s, gold’s and burgundy’s all feature.
The spring displays of tulips, wall flowers and polyanthus were encouraged to bloom early by the warm weather we experienced in March and early April. The summer bedding displays of Salvias, Rudbeckia and ornamental grasses will be planted from late May.
Work to the new Albert Memorial kiosk is nearing completion with the kiosk due to be up and running in May in time for the school holidays and large summer crowds. Please take the time to look at blackened larch claddings the shining gold ceiling, which are architectural cues from its setting next to the Grade 1 listed monument.
Spring is a brilliant time for wildlife in the park, and there is a lot to see. As the season progresses we look forward to seeing the return of our seasonal visitors such as the swifts and swallows at the Round Pond. We are hopeful that a habitat construction project on the banks of the Long Water below the Henry Moore Arch will be successful in encouraging our visiting Kingfishers to nest. If you are out in the park and wish to feed the birds, please consult the literature on our website and make sure you are feeding appropriate food.
The Serpentine Galleries
Now in its 17th year, the eagerly anticipated Summer Pavilion shall be open from 23 June - 8 October. This year’s architectural interpretation has been designed by Francis Kéré.
Elsewhere in the Serpentine gallery, as always, the summer will bring world class exhibitions from a range of internationally acclaimed artists including displays from household names such as Grayson Perry. Be sure to keep up to date with upcoming exhibitions by going to www.serpentinegalleries.org.