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Super Nature artist Kevin Dutton produces stunning photographic studies of plants and flowers grown in his garden and al...
29/02/2020

Super Nature artist Kevin Dutton produces stunning photographic studies of plants and flowers grown in his garden and allotment in South London.

Last year Kevin won a gold medal at the RHS botanical art and photography show and taught a botanical photography course at the V&A.

Browse and buy Kevin's limited edition prints (which are exhibited and collected worldwide) at Super Nature, 28-29 March: http://bit.ly/309fnL7

Casual Edwardian gardening outfits are our favourite 😊📷 1905, Cornwall Road, Kettering
28/02/2020

Casual Edwardian gardening outfits are our favourite 😊

📷 1905, Cornwall Road, Kettering

Does the view from your window today look anything like this peaceful blanket of snow? ❄️ Unlike Harry Bush’s ‘Snowfall ...
27/02/2020

Does the view from your window today look anything like this peaceful blanket of snow? ❄️ Unlike Harry Bush’s ‘Snowfall in the Suburbs’, the view from the Garden Museum is more ‘Drizzle in the City’ 🌧

Bush lived in London suburb Merton Park, in a custom-built house with a studio at the top. He painted views of his garden and the surrounding dwellings throughout the seasons, some of which can be seen in our new exhibition Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939: http://bit.ly/38UG3mR

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Harry Bush (1883-1957), Snowfall in the Suburbs - A View from the Artist's House, 1940. Image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939 is now open!Celebrating a golden age of garden painting, Sanctuary reunites a grou...
26/02/2020

Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939 is now open!

Celebrating a golden age of garden painting, Sanctuary reunites a group of artist friends who found restoration and inspiration in their horticultural hobbies after the horrors of wartime life.

Open till 5 April: http://bit.ly/38UG3mR

This selling exhibition is presented in partnership with Liss Llewellyn.

New talk just announced! 🌿 Garsington, Rodmell and Sissinghurst: Three SanctuariesThis talk with curator Dr Claudia Tobi...
25/02/2020

New talk just announced! 🌿 Garsington, Rodmell and Sissinghurst: Three Sanctuaries

This talk with curator Dr Claudia Tobin will explore the gardens – real and imagined – created by three pioneering women writers and gardeners in the early twentieth century: Lady Ottoline Morrell, Virginia Woolf, and Vita Sackville West.

Join us Tues 17 March, 7pm: http://bit.ly/2Th98BQ

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📷 Vita Sackville-West by John Gay, 1948.

The garden pea: humble, delicious, versatile... and great in a non-alcoholic cocktail! To celebrate the humble pea, we'v...
24/02/2020
WIN a pair of tickets to Seedlip’s Power of the Pea workshop - Garden Museum

The garden pea: humble, delicious, versatile... and great in a non-alcoholic cocktail!

To celebrate the humble pea, we've teamed up with Seedlip Drinks to give away 2 pairs of tickets to their "From Shoot to Pod" cocktail workshop on 24 March. Enter on our website 🌱🍸👀

The humble garden pea is a wonderful ingredient with a fantastic fresh flavour. As part of our Overwinter programme, Seedlip Drinks – the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit – will be hosting a workshop on 24 March to celebrate the power of the pea by demonstrating how peas can be use...

"It seems a given, in hindsight, that the generation of British artists who were exposed to the horrors of the First Wor...
24/02/2020
The British artists who found peace in a garden

"It seems a given, in hindsight, that the generation of British artists who were exposed to the horrors of the First World War... would find some comfort in the sanctuary, harmony and possibility for renewal offered by a garden."

The Telegraph previews our new exhibition Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939, opening this Wednesday!

It seems a given, in hindsight, that the generation of British artists who were exposed to the horrors of the First World War, either at first hand or vicariously, would find some comfort in the sanctuary, harmony and possibility for renewal offered by a garden.

Kate Friend's pleasingly minimal work explores British identity through plants, created using traditional film photograp...
22/02/2020

Kate Friend's pleasingly minimal work explores British identity through plants, created using traditional film photography.

At Super Nature – London’s first art fair dedicated to art inspired by plants – Kate will be showing and selling a set of new limited edition botanical prints, as yet unseen.

28-29 March, £5 online, £7.50 on the door: http://bit.ly/309fnL7

In John Singer Sargent's masterpiece, 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose' (1885-6), two young girls light Japanese lanterns at...
21/02/2020

In John Singer Sargent's masterpiece, 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose' (1885-6), two young girls light Japanese lanterns at dusk among giant lilies and rose-bushes, a garden extravaganza painted entirely outdoors.

Richard Ormond, former Director of the National Maritime Museum and great-nephew of Sargent, joins us on Tues 31 March for a talk exploring Sargent's park and garden paintings, from lush flower studies to elegant palace gardens painted in Spain and Italy.

Book tickets: http://bit.ly/39PqOLB

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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose ,1885-6, John Singer Sargent. Photo © Tate

Pick your favourite fuchsia! 🌸🍥💖 We’re drawn to the flamboyant ‘Fascination’, like moths to a baby pink flame.Image from...
20/02/2020

Pick your favourite fuchsia! 🌸🍥💖 We’re drawn to the flamboyant ‘Fascination’, like moths to a baby pink flame.

Image from L.R. Russell Nurseries 1956 catalogue.

Announcing the Garden Museum Raffle 2020! 🥳 This year we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to spend an afternoon i...
18/02/2020

Announcing the Garden Museum Raffle 2020! 🥳 This year we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to spend an afternoon inside Prospect Cottage, the former home of artist, filmmaker, activist and gardener Derek Jarman: http://bit.ly/2u8GN8p

First Prize 🏠 - one winner will spend an afternoon inside the Cottage with a guest, guided by Amanda Wilkinson - Trustee, gallerist and expert on Jarman’s work.

Second Prize 🌱 - three runners-up will each win a money plant (Crassula ovata) cut from Derek Jarman’s very own money plant from his London studio, donated by his film producer James Mackay.

How to enter 🎫 - £10 for 1 ticket / £40 for 5 tickets / £100 for 12 tickets. Bump up your chances of winning by buying as many tickets as you like! 👀 ENTER HERE - http://bit.ly/2u8GN8p

The money raised from the raffle will support our upcoming exhibition Derek Jarman: My garden’s boundaries are the horizon, on display from 24 April – 12 July 2020.

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The Garden Museum has been granted unprecedented access to Prospect Cottage, which is not currently open to the public, thanks to the generosity of The Keith Collins Memorial Trust and Creative Folkestone.

New talk 🌿📣 Artist-Gardeners in the Interwar Years 🖼Inspired by our next exhibition ‘Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-19...
17/02/2020

New talk 🌿📣 Artist-Gardeners in the Interwar Years 🖼

Inspired by our next exhibition ‘Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939', Liss Llewellyn co-founder Paul Liss has picked out his favourite garden pictures from this era rich in artist-planstmen, considering how the gardens they created were a source of inspiration and sanctuary in a period of upheaval.

Covering artists including Charles Mahoney, Evelyn Dunbar, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood, John Piper, Paul will chart some of the life-long partnerships, of both a romantic and professional nature, that these artist-gardeners developed.

Join us Tues 24 March, 7pm: http://bit.ly/2UZh8u3

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Image: Charles Mahoney (1903-1968), Miss Edith inspects the Sweetpea, c.1934, Image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

Jo Aylward’s garden in a small Kentish village is an endless source of artistic inspiration. She plants to attract wildl...
15/02/2020

Jo Aylward’s garden in a small Kentish village is an endless source of artistic inspiration. She plants to attract wildlife, which often finds its way into her paintings, as well as her garden.

Take a piece of English country life home with you at Super Nature, 28-29 March, where Jo will be selling her works: http://bit.ly/309fnL7

You deserve a forest of flowers this #ValentinesDay. Accept nothing less 🥰🌸💕 📷 'Among the Prize Chrysanthemums', 1897.
14/02/2020

You deserve a forest of flowers this #ValentinesDay. Accept nothing less 🥰🌸💕

📷 'Among the Prize Chrysanthemums', 1897.

Help us fill a cabinet of curiosities with your own creations! 🦖 This half-term, bring your children to be inspired by t...
13/02/2020
Event - February Half-Term: A Cabinet of Curiosities - Garden Museum

Help us fill a cabinet of curiosities with your own creations! 🦖

This half-term, bring your children to be inspired by the story of the Tradescants, 17th century plant hunters who collected objects of curiosity for display in their ‘Ark’ museum.

Using recyclable materials, make an object that you think will be curious in 100 years or more. A talking phone, a dinosaur skeleton, a fantasy creature or just your favourite household object

Be inspired by the story of the Tradescants, 17th century gardeners and plant collectors who collected objects of curiosity for display in their ‘Ark’, an early museum which was in their house in Lambeth.

New talk 🌱✨ Herbs in the City 🏙🌿 From Culpeper to Chelsea Physic Garden, London has a rich and fascinating history of he...
12/02/2020

New talk 🌱✨ Herbs in the City 🏙🌿 From Culpeper to Chelsea Physic Garden, London has a rich and fascinating history of herbalism. And could we be in the midst of a resurgence?

Hackney Herbal founder Nat Mady and herbologist Maya Thomas will explore the important role of women in herbalism’s history, why herbs are integral to an urban landscape, and the diversity of the people and plants that make up the capital.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own herb stories to this intimate and open evening, chaired by Noughticulture.

Tues 10 March, 7pm: http://bit.ly/31OYohW

A photographic ode to the Victorian plant shows and childhood garden memories, Velvet Black - Notes by Fleur Olby is now...
11/02/2020

A photographic ode to the Victorian plant shows and childhood garden memories, Velvet Black - Notes by Fleur Olby is now open.

Open till 5 April: http://bit.ly/2rXV1YS

What should we be doing to make our urban spaces bee-friendly? We're joined by Bermondsey Street Bees, a sustainable bee...
09/02/2020

What should we be doing to make our urban spaces bee-friendly?

We're joined by Bermondsey Street Bees, a sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business, and activist, community gardener and bee-keeper Carole Wright on Tuesday 17 March, for a talk on city bee-keeping, and how to keep these important insects happy and healthy in your garden 🐝🥰🌻

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2SgQw4s

Jill Leman is all about the art of simplicity. Drawn towards the allure of her favourite cherished possessions, Jill cre...
08/02/2020

Jill Leman is all about the art of simplicity.

Drawn towards the allure of her favourite cherished possessions, Jill creates paintings that seem deceptively simple, but are alive with the excitement of exploring colour, pattern and shape, passing this lasting delight on to the viewer.

Jill will be selling her artworks at our Super Nature art fair, 28-29 March. £5 online or £7.50 on the door: http://bit.ly/309fnL7

📣 The Garden Museum is hiring! 🌿We're looking for a new Public Programmes Manager to deliver our lively and diverse prog...
07/02/2020

📣 The Garden Museum is hiring! 🌿

We're looking for a new Public Programmes Manager to deliver our lively and diverse programme of talks, workshops, fairs, festivals and more, exploring British gardens, gardening, and its impact on modern life.

Want to join our plant-loving team? Find out more: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/jobs/public-programmes-manager-20/

"Many years ago, when I came back to London as a gardener seeking employment, I had my eyes set on the Royal Parks. My h...
06/02/2020
Play, Protest & Pelicans | Garden Museum

"Many years ago, when I came back to London as a gardener seeking employment, I had my eyes set on the Royal Parks. My horticultural aspirations peaked at imagining life working in St. James’s in particular; tending its species trees, mulching the mixed bedding displays; meeting friends for lunch on a bench in this institutional oasis within London."

In this article for TOAST, our Head Gardener Matt Collins shares his musings on the Royal Parks featured in our exhibition #PlayProtestPelicans. Open till Sunday!

Matt Collins explores this small, but delightful exhibition at the Garden Museum

Here's 30 of the most influential people in gardening, according to our Director Christopher Woodward in Gardens Illustr...
05/02/2020
30 of the most influential people in gardening

Here's 30 of the most influential people in gardening, according to our Director Christopher Woodward in Gardens Illustrated!

What do you think of the list - which includes the likes of Dan Pearson, James Wong, Alys Fowler, and Alan Titchmarsh?

Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum, picks 30 of the most vibrant and exciting voices in gardening today

On this day in 1934, two ladies gathered the first daffodils of the season in this greenhouse at Polgrean, Cornwall.
02/02/2020

On this day in 1934, two ladies gathered the first daffodils of the season in this greenhouse at Polgrean, Cornwall.

More than 250,000 fans gathered for the Rolling Stones’ free concert in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969. It was their first tim...
01/02/2020

More than 250,000 fans gathered for the Rolling Stones’ free concert in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969. It was their first time playing live together in two years, and Keith Richards was later quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying, "We played pretty bad until near the end, because we hadn't played for years ... Nobody minded, because they just wanted to hear us play again."

Brian Jones, who had become increasingly estranged from the group, had died two days before the concert. Mick Jagger, clad in a studded choker and white dress, read a short eulogy before the band played a fourteen song set in his memory.

Discover the wild and weird histories of London's Royal Parks in 'Play, Protest and Pelicans: A People's History of London's Royal Parks' before it closes on 9 February: http://bit.ly/2lB0D84

Derek Jarman, filmmaker, artist, gardener, activist and author, was born on this day in 1942.This spring, we're showing ...
31/01/2020

Derek Jarman, filmmaker, artist, gardener, activist and author, was born on this day in 1942.

This spring, we're showing the first exhibition to explore the role of the garden in his life and work. ‘My garden’s boundaries are the horizon’ opens 24 April: http://bit.ly/3a8j9cr

📷 © Howard Sooley #JarmansGarden

For many of us living in the city, big gardens are a rare luxury. So what can you do to make the most of your tiny garde...
30/01/2020

For many of us living in the city, big gardens are a rare luxury. So what can you do to make the most of your tiny garden or balcony?

We’re joined by award-winning garden designers Ula Maria and Jack Wallington - Garden Design for ‘Tiny Garden Design’, on Tues 3 March at 7pm. This talk will offer inspiration and insight into making the most of your city plots, with a focus on ecological and sustainable planting.

Chaired by Noughticulture, book tickets here: http://bit.ly/2u47Npt

This talk is part of our ‘Overwinter’ series of events, supported by Seedlip Drinks.

Image by Ula Maria.

📢 Super Nature workshops are now live! 🌻🌾🍃 Four of our exhibiting artists at London’s first plant-inspired art fair are ...
29/01/2020

📢 Super Nature workshops are now live! 🌻🌾🍃 Four of our exhibiting artists at London’s first plant-inspired art fair are hosting a weekend of workshops filled with flowers, colour and creativity. On the agenda:

1. 🍃 Abstract Floral and Foliage Painting with Laura Gee
2. 🥀 Flower Pressing with JamJar Flowers
3. 🍊 Botanical Ink Drawing with Sarah Jane Humphrey
4. 💐 Floral Things in Cups: Hand-Painted Paper Collage with Clover Robin

Any of these tickle your fancy? Book your tickets here - http://bit.ly/309fnL7

Our next exhibition, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939,  celebrates a generation who painted and gardened in the yea...
28/01/2020

Our next exhibition, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939, celebrates a generation who painted and gardened in the years between the wars.

At its centre is a circle of friends who met as students at the Royal College of Art: Charles Mahoney, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman, Percy Horton, and Mahoney’s partner and collaborator, Evelyn Dunbar.

Later, they left London to make homes and gardens: Bawden at Great Bardfield and Mahoney at Wrotham in Kent. They exchanged plant cuttings by letter, moved to the country, sowed then painted flower after flower.

Sanctuary will explore this green-fingered generation of artists between the wars, and ask, why did so many turn to the garden? - http://bit.ly/38UG3mR

26 February - 5 April 2020

Charles Mahoney (1903-1968), Greenhouse Interior, 1939. Courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

Jamon, octopus and pork are on the menu for the Garden Cafe's next Supper Club, a delicioso Galician feast! 🦑Round up so...
26/01/2020

Jamon, octopus and pork are on the menu for the Garden Cafe's next Supper Club, a delicioso Galician feast! 🦑

Round up some hungry friends and book your table: http://bit.ly/2RK7Ajm

Though the flowers are long gone, Gertrude Jekyll's photography is timeless: roses, Solomon's seals, peonies and more, c...
25/01/2020

Though the flowers are long gone, Gertrude Jekyll's photography is timeless: roses, Solomon's seals, peonies and more, captured in 1885.

These photos are among 59 platinum prints taken by Jekyll in our collection, in an album bound in Moroccan leather.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2OZSy8Z

“I can’t be bothered with the names of plants”, said Elizabeth Rice in 1989, when her Oxted front garden was photographe...
24/01/2020

“I can’t be bothered with the names of plants”, said Elizabeth Rice in 1989, when her Oxted front garden was photographed by Andrew Lawson for the book ‘Brilliant Gardens’.

🌿 “I grow what I like and move plants any old time… My dog and garden are my loves in life, and my dog is not allowed in the front garden but has the run of the back.”

🌿 Elizabeth’s advice? “Love your garden and deadhead all the time.”

📷 These photos are part of Andrew Lawson’s photography archive deposited at the Garden Museum, which visitors can view by making an appointment with our Archivist: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/archive/

Today Art Fund launched an important fundraising campaign to #SaveProspectCottage, Derek Jarman's home at Dungeness, and...
22/01/2020
Prospect Cottage needs you now

Today Art Fund launched an important fundraising campaign to #SaveProspectCottage, Derek Jarman's home at Dungeness, and a site of pilgrimage for artists and gardeners alike.

Support the campaign to help ensure the future of this extraordinary house and garden as a centre of creative activity for generations to come.

And discover the story of #JarmansGarden in our upcoming exhibition, ‘My garden’s boundaries are the horizon’, opening 24 April.

Join the campaign to protect Derek Jarman’s legacy, and inspire creativity in generations to come. On the windswept shore of Dungeness, visionary British filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman transformed a Victorian fisherman’s hut into a sanctuary of art and imagination. Prospect Cottage ...

Yoga at the Garden Museum is back! Connect with nature’s life cycles on tranquil Vinyasa Yoga mornings, held in our Nave...
21/01/2020

Yoga at the Garden Museum is back! Connect with nature’s life cycles on tranquil Vinyasa Yoga mornings, held in our Nave space before the Museum opens 🙏

Engaging with nature plays an important role in understanding vinyasa, realising that the flow of breath is a life force, like the rhythm of seasons, night and day, life and rebirth.

8 weekly sessions starting 1 February.

Book your spot (mats included): http://bit.ly/2N4HiXp

That feeling when you've officially run out of space for more plants 😐
19/01/2020

That feeling when you've officially run out of space for more plants 😐

Middleton Cottage Gardens stated these rules for their allotment holders in 1901. Rent was to be paid on Lady-day (25 Ma...
18/01/2020

Middleton Cottage Gardens stated these rules for their allotment holders in 1901. Rent was to be paid on Lady-day (25 March) and Michaelmas-day (25 September), and strictly no ploughs, dogs or corn fields allowed!

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2R35pIz

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5 Lambeth Palace Rd
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Buses: To Lambeth Road 3 & 344 To Lambeth Palace Road C10, 77, 507 (Mon to Fri only) Underground: Vauxhall, Lambeth North, Westminster or Waterloo Trains: Vaxhall, Waterloo or Victoria

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About the Garden Museum

The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events and garden.

Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.

Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.

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Lovely visit to this unique & charming museum today. I loved it. The climb up the old church tower well worth it too. However the cafe, despite good web reviews, fails in a most basic way in that it is really poor for anyone with a food allergy Although it apparently serves wonderful food, no attempt made to cater for those 3% or so of us who can’t eat wheat (& our families) I was told, “yes we do cater for gluten free” then offered the opportunity to eat scrambled eggs without toast yum 🤮
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I enjoyed my visit to the museum. I was expecting more from the Exhibition, it was nice but fell a little flat considering how lovely Cecily Barkers paintings are. However, I’m glad I visited, Lambeth Palace is next on my list, a Magnificent Building!!!
Lovely quirky place. Visited in 2005 and whilst sitting outside reviewing our plans saw our first live squirrel. Discovering it is burial site of William Bligh who has significance for Aussies was a bonus. Recommended for history & garden lovers.
2 gentlemen were at a window-side table in the café this afternoon. Can. 1530h, I handed in unique papers that may have been theirs - seen on floor. Whoever is the owner WILL want them back. Hope they find their rightful owner. Enquire at the café, shop or admissions desk: all are aware. :-)