Perennial revives annual festival dinner with exclusive fundraising event on 12 October 2018

Perennial is reviving its traditional festival dinner, a fantastic evening of fundraising, with the help of partners and supporters from across the UK horticulture industry. Taking place on 12 October at The Langham Hotel, one of London’s original, luxury 5-star hotels, the black tie event will be a glittering evening beginning with a champagne reception in the Portland Foyer, followed by a delicious three-course dinner and entertainment in the Grand Ballroom.

The annual festival dinner was a prestigious event dating right back to Perennial’s origins. On 17 January 1839, the Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution was founded at the inaugural dinner, which was attended by gardeners, nurserymen and wealthy estate owners. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the dinners drew the attention and support of high society. In 1852, Charles Dickens presided over the ninth festival dinner and in 1867 it was the turn of Sir Robert Peel, founder of the modern police force.

Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says:

“Continuing the tradition of supporting those who look after Britain’s gardens and green spaces, this year’s festival dinner will raise funds to help make sure Perennial can continue to offer its essential welfare services, which are needed by horticulturists of every profession today more than ever. And in keeping with the tradition of illustrious hosts of these fundraising events, James Alexander Sinclair will be the speaker at our new look festival dinner this autumn.”

An auction will take place, presided over by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Jeremy Storey Walker, with a host of fabulous lots to bid for on the night. Already confirmed are a spa break at Barnsley House and a holiday cottage stay at Easton Walled Gardens.

The 2018 Perennial Festival Dinner is a black tie event. Tickets cost £150 each and are available individually or in tables of ten. To find out more information please call Maya Albert on 01372 384043 or email To book tickets visit our events page here.

The Perennial Festival Dinner 2018 is generously supported by the London College of Garden Design and The Landscape Show