Saturday 27 August 2022

Visit to the Cloister Gardens of the Museum of the Order of St John on Tuesday 30th August

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Cloister Gardens.

Unfortunately the toilets will not be open but there are many local cafes and the Museum has said that they will let us have some recommendations.

Please try and be prompt as the Museum is opening the Gardens specially for us. Janet's phone number for the day is 07815 772857.

Pics to for publishing on the blog

Wednesday 17 August 2022

Tuesday 30 August: Visit to the Cloister Gardens of the Museum of the Order of St John, St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane Clerkenwell London, EC1M 4DA

 On Tuesday 30 August we are going to the Cloister Gardens of the Museum of the Order of St John, who have very kindly agreed to let us come and sketch once again.   

We are to meet at 11 o'clock at the front door of the Museum (which will be closed) where Amie will greet us again and take us round to the Cloister garden, which is the other side of the Clerkenwell Road.   I think that we will have to be guided in to the Garden which does not have direct access to the outside world, so it is best if people arrive promptly.

For directions to the Museum's main entrance please go to:  

To see images of the Garden, please go to:    

It won't be crowded when we are there!   The lovely old back wall of the church (with three medieval windows) runs along one side of the garden, and at certain times of the day (unknown at present!) it gets good shadows from next door's trees.    St John's Square just outside also offers sketching possibilities.

The photo below shows the location of St John's Priory Church, the Cloister Gardens are at the back of it. 


We do not yet know whether the Museum will be able to provide us with access to a loo, and in the event that they can't we will have to use a cafe.  Roni's Cafe on the junction of St John St and Clerkenwell Road is the nearest, users may need to buy a coffee in order to use the facilities.   The Museum are kindly allowing us to eat picnic lunches in the Cloister Gardens so please bring your own lunch.

We may have clarity about the loo situation before the 30th, in which case we will update the blog.  Please keep checking - and remember that the blog no longer sends automatic emails out to subscribers.

Hopefully the weather will be balmy.  There are benches, but in order to get the exact view you want, please bring your sketching stool.

Janet will be collecting images of everybody's work afterwards, please email to   Janet's telephone number for the day  will be 07815 772857 and Sue's will be 07975 864142.

We look forward to another lovely day out. 




Thursday 4 August 2022

Tuesday 26 July: visit to the Omved Garden, Highgate

14 sketchers presented themselves at the Omved Garden, Highgate's newest eco-garden.  Sloping and surrounded by trees, the garden includes ponds, hedges, areas of wildflowers, a vegetable garden, a pergola, and the old glasshouses used in the Garden Centre era, now immaculately refurbished.   The garden is beautifully laid out and every care is taken with it, and we are immensely grateful to Omved for allowing us to come in and create art.

The day was generally rather cloud-covered, which was a welcome relief after the dreadful heat of the previous week.   Some of us focused on the structures in the garden, others on the landscape of the area, some on the massed meadow flowers, and some on individual plants. As usual, a great variety of media have been used, and some artists have worked up their drawings into paintings afterwards.    We had a lovely time in the garden, and we hope that you enjoy looking at our work.  

Our next sketch date is LIKELY to be Tuesday August 30th, venue to be confirmed. 

Omved Garden Collection:

Images above by Cathy Burkinshaw

Images above by Maggie Pettigrew

Four images above by Audrey Rapier

Image above by Sue Lees


Image above by Priscilla Worley


Image above by Diane Umemoto


Image above by Gill Steiner

Image above by Peter Hassell

Image above by Ann Funston

Image above by Janet Perkins

Three images above by Diana Butement

Collage image above by Alison Sandifer