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New exhibition coming soon! ‘Kate Friend: Botanical Portraits, as chosen by...’ opens 11 June – 1 August.For this new sh...
26/05/2021

New exhibition coming soon! ‘Kate Friend: Botanical Portraits, as chosen by...’ opens 11 June – 1 August.

For this new show, photographer @kate_friend approached notable creatives and public figures and asked them to pick a single flower or plant for her to photograph. Kate chose the people, they chose the flowers.

From Isabella Tree’s Ragwort to Cosey Fanni Tutti’s Euphorbia, from Dan Pearson’s Dierama pulcherrimum to Maggi Hambling’s cactus, the plants that people chose spoke of them.

Tickets available now on our website - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/kate-friend-botanical-portraits/

Images © Kate Friend 2021:

1. Dan Pearson, Dierama pulcherrimum, Somerset
2. Juergen Teller, Strawberry, Latimer Road, London

🌹 Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers 🌹 step back in time to Constance’s world, and discover the doyenne of flowe...
26/05/2021

🌹 Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers 🌹 step back in time to Constance’s world, and discover the doyenne of flowers, the 21st century’s most influential floral decorator (and inventor of coronation chicken!).

With exclusive access to Constance Spry’s personal archives at the RHS Lindley Library, the exhibition features over 100 never-before-seen photographs and personal items, a huge collection of Spry’s famous Fulham Pottery vases, a deep-dive into her work with the Royal Family, and floral decorations by contemporary artists in the spirit of Spry. A precious record of an extraordinary life, and a must see for flower fans!

Open now until 26 September: book your visit on our website now: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/constancespry/

Botanical dissections 🌾 illustrations by John Sebastian Miller, c.1775, for his publication 'Illustratio Systematis Sexu...
25/05/2021

Botanical dissections 🌾 illustrations by John Sebastian Miller, c.1775, for his publication 'Illustratio Systematis Sexualis Linnaei' (Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus):
1. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
2. Crocuses
3. Wild ginger (asarum)
4. Oxalis
5. Salix (willow)

🌿 Herbival workshops incoming! 🌿 Next Sunday 6 June we’re hosting a new one-day herb-themed festival, shining a light on...
24/05/2021

🌿 Herbival workshops incoming! 🌿 Next Sunday 6 June we’re hosting a new one-day herb-themed festival, shining a light on their countless often long-forgotten uses. And this includes activities!

🌿 Herb foraging walks exploring the natural bounty of our local parks and gardens – led by Handmade Apothecary
🌿 Herb pressing workshops inspired by historic herbariums – hosted by The Herbarium Project
🌿 How to grow herbs workshops – with Hackney Herbal
🌿 And a fragrant intro to aromatherapy – hosted by Claire Blackie Aromatherapy

And of course there’ll be shopping: we’re filling the Museum with a carefully curated edit of botanically-led brands, from organic skincare and beauty products to peppermint treats and herbal drinks. So much herbal goodness!

Details and booking: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/herbival/

Image: The Heritage Herbal by Sonya Patel Ellis

🌿 Herbival workshops incoming! 🌿 Next Sunday 6 June we’re hosting a new one-day herb-themed festival, shining a light on their countless often long-forgotten uses. And this includes activities!

🌿 Herb foraging walks exploring the natural bounty of our local parks and gardens – led by Handmade Apothecary
🌿 Herb pressing workshops inspired by historic herbariums – hosted by The Herbarium Project
🌿 How to grow herbs workshops – with Hackney Herbal
🌿 And a fragrant intro to aromatherapy – hosted by Claire Blackie Aromatherapy

And of course there’ll be shopping: we’re filling the Museum with a carefully curated edit of botanically-led brands, from organic skincare and beauty products to peppermint treats and herbal drinks. So much herbal goodness!

Details and booking: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/herbival/

Image: The Heritage Herbal by Sonya Patel Ellis

Can’t make it in person to see our Super Nature art fair this weekend? Fear not! We’ve got an online exhibition too wher...
22/05/2021
Super Nature Online Exhibition - Garden Museum

Can’t make it in person to see our Super Nature art fair this weekend? Fear not! We’ve got an online exhibition too where you can browse online stalls and buy direct from the artists 👀

This boutique art fair shows a curated selection of artists whose work celebrates the joy of plants, flowers and gardens. From oil paintings to photography, collages to print-making, the fair offers an abundance of affordable art to appeal to both garden and art lovers alike.

Super Nature is nearly here! Feeling inspired by all the botanical art and fancy trying your own? We’ve got two workshop...
20/05/2021

Super Nature is nearly here! Feeling inspired by all the botanical art and fancy trying your own? We’ve got two workshops on offer over the weekend:

🌺 Sketchbook Superflowers with Tessa Pearson – learn the secrets of painting big, bold, abstract flowers, Sat 22 May.

🌺 Chinese Ink Painting with Yean Teo- ART – discover the poetic and expressive technique of Chinese water colour painting, Sun 23 May.

Book your place on a Super Nature workshop - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/super-nature-2021/

Rachel Dein's botanical plaster castings reflect her desire to capture the ephemeral. They track the progress of the sea...
19/05/2021

Rachel Dein's botanical plaster castings reflect her desire to capture the ephemeral. They track the progress of the seasons, marking the plants at the moment when they are most alive. The plants tell a story of a fleeting moment of glory before they fade away and die, their texture, pattern and delicacy, rendered rich in the plaster casting.

Rachel will be exhibiting at our Super Nature art fair this weekend: tickets are just £6 and include entry to our new Constance Spry exhibition!

Open 21-23 May, book tickets here - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/super-nature-2021/

Tonight! Streaming live from the Garden Museum at 7pm, we’re thrilled to be joined by two titans of the garden world: To...
18/05/2021

Tonight! Streaming live from the Garden Museum at 7pm, we’re thrilled to be joined by two titans of the garden world: Tom Stuart-Smith in conversation with garden writer Tim Richardson!

This event will celebrate the launch of ‘Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn From The Land’ by Tim Richardson, the first critical monograph of Tom’s career as a landscape architect.

Join Tom and Tim as they discuss the making of this spectacular new book, which details designs, planting ideas and inspirations behind twenty-four Stuart-Smith-designed gardens around the world, from Morocco to the Caribbean.

Book here to watch live, or enjoy a recording later - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/drawn-from-the-land-tom-stuart-smith-and-tim-richardson/

Image: Totes Court (c) Allan Pollok-Morris

Tonight! Streaming live from the Garden Museum at 7pm, we’re thrilled to be joined by two titans of the garden world: Tom Stuart-Smith in conversation with garden writer Tim Richardson!

This event will celebrate the launch of ‘Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn From The Land’ by Tim Richardson, the first critical monograph of Tom’s career as a landscape architect.

Join Tom and Tim as they discuss the making of this spectacular new book, which details designs, planting ideas and inspirations behind twenty-four Stuart-Smith-designed gardens around the world, from Morocco to the Caribbean.

Book here to watch live, or enjoy a recording later - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/drawn-from-the-land-tom-stuart-smith-and-tim-richardson/

Image: Totes Court (c) Allan Pollok-Morris

Planning a visit to the Museum soon? Here are some of the delights that await, by our Horticultural Trainee Thomas Rutte...
17/05/2021

Planning a visit to the Museum soon? Here are some of the delights that await, by our Horticultural Trainee Thomas Rutter:

“With a (much needed) wet start to May, we are now awash with green and new life in the Museum gardens. Leaves are uncurling, fronds are unfurling, and flowers are revealing themselves wherever you look, opening to the tune of birdsong.

Our Woodland Garden (1) is a salad box of greens at present, catching the light best in the early morning or late afternoon. The different shades of green playing off the other whilst catching rays of sunshine (in between the heavy downpours of the last few days). Fresh blades of Hakonechloa macra grasses are emerging every day, as well as new tear-shaped leaves of Epimedium suplhureum.

Some treats from our Sackler Courtyard at present include our Chocolate vine, Akebia longeracemosa (2), with the dangling racemes of deep red flowers timing their arrival perfectly with the reopening of the Museum. Our Molopospermums have also just begun to flower, with large umbels emerging from the handsome fern-like foliage.

Across to the other side of the Museum grounds, our Echium pininana have started to flower. From the Canary Islands, these Echiums have survived cold winds off the River Thames and a smattering of winter snow. Remarkably, the pleasingly spindly spires have now produced many nectar-rich dainty blue flowers, ready to welcome any passing urban pollinators.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the Museum and the gardens soon!”

Image 1 - greens of the Woodland Garden, designed by Dan Pearson
Image 2 - Akebia longeracemosa
Image 3 - Molopospermum peloponnesiacum
Image 4 - Echium pininana
Image 5 - Echium pininana close up

🥳 The day has finally come! The Garden Museum is open today with our new exhibition ‘Constance Spry and the Fashion for ...
17/05/2021

🥳 The day has finally come! The Garden Museum is open today with our new exhibition ‘Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers’, plus you can't miss Shara Hughes' glorious paintings hanging in the Nave 🎉👏

We’re fully booked today (hurrah!) and for much of this week, so do get your tickets booked in quickly on our website to get your choice of date and time - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/product/garden-museum-ticket/

Welcome back, everyone!

🥳 The day has finally come! The Garden Museum is open today with our new exhibition ‘Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers’, plus you can't miss Shara Hughes' glorious paintings hanging in the Nave 🎉👏

We’re fully booked today (hurrah!) and for much of this week, so do get your tickets booked in quickly on our website to get your choice of date and time - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/product/garden-museum-ticket/

Welcome back, everyone!

Tessa Pearson's abstract paintings are created from studies of patterns and colours discovered in inspirational gardens:...
16/05/2021

Tessa Pearson's abstract paintings are created from studies of patterns and colours discovered in inspirational gardens: resulting in exceptional colour combos and a bold signature style.

Tessa will be exhibiting at our Super Nature art fair next weekend, 21-23 May. Tickets are just £6 and include entry to our new Constance Spry exhibition, win-win!

Book tickets - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/super-nature-2021/

British Flowers Week isn't just an exhibition: it's a week-long floral extravaganza!Our annual exhibition of floral inst...
14/05/2021

British Flowers Week isn't just an exhibition: it's a week-long floral extravaganza!

Our annual exhibition of floral installations around our historic building is accompanied by workshops and events, for florists and flower enthusiasts alike, all in partnership with New Covent Garden Market.

Taking place 10-15 June, coming up this year we have:

🌻 A panel talk with our five exhibiting florists Cyrill Tronchet, Hazel Gardiner, JamJar Flowers, Simon Lycett Ltd and Tattie Rose Flowers – Thurs 10 June

🌻 British Flowers Week Friday Late – Fri 11 June

🌻 Crafting an Online Presence: A Masterclass for Florists, with Flowerona, Fiona Humberstone and Kelly Humberston - Fri 11 June

🌻 Summer Wreath Making with mahalkitaflowers - Sat 12 June

See full details on the programme and to get booking - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/british-flowers-week-2021/

#britishflowersweek

British Flowers Week isn't just an exhibition: it's a week-long floral extravaganza!

Our annual exhibition of floral installations around our historic building is accompanied by workshops and events, for florists and flower enthusiasts alike, all in partnership with New Covent Garden Market.

Taking place 10-15 June, coming up this year we have:

🌻 A panel talk with our five exhibiting florists Cyrill Tronchet, Hazel Gardiner, JamJar Flowers, Simon Lycett Ltd and Tattie Rose Flowers – Thurs 10 June

🌻 British Flowers Week Friday Late – Fri 11 June

🌻 Crafting an Online Presence: A Masterclass for Florists, with Flowerona, Fiona Humberstone and Kelly Humberston - Fri 11 June

🌻 Summer Wreath Making with mahalkitaflowers - Sat 12 June

See full details on the programme and to get booking - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/british-flowers-week-2021/

#britishflowersweek

Hannah Brown Interiors is known for framing things of beauty and intrigue. Many of her chosen subjects hold a nostalgic ...
13/05/2021

Hannah Brown Interiors is known for framing things of beauty and intrigue. Many of her chosen subjects hold a nostalgic connection. Hannah treats her subjects like museum exhibits, choosing complementary background colours for each chosen object and creating beautiful unique waxed box frames to accommodate them.

Hannah will be exhibiting her botanical series, including both dried pieces and preserved specimens, at our Super Nature art fair, open 22-23 May. Book your tickets now - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/super-nature-2021/

We are SO delighted that our exhibition 'Derek Jarman: My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon' has been shortlisted for ...
12/05/2021

We are SO delighted that our exhibition 'Derek Jarman: My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon' has been shortlisted for UK Exhibition of the Year in the 2021 Museums + Heritage Awards!

Congratulations to all our fellow nominees 😊👏👏👏 we look forward to the online ceremony on 1 July!

#MandHAwards Museums + Heritage - leading sector magazine and events

Image: Derek Jarman exhibition at the Garden Museum © Janie Airey, Art Fund 2020

We are SO delighted that our exhibition 'Derek Jarman: My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon' has been shortlisted for UK Exhibition of the Year in the 2021 Museums + Heritage Awards!

Congratulations to all our fellow nominees 😊👏👏👏 we look forward to the online ceremony on 1 July!

#MandHAwards Museums + Heritage - leading sector magazine and events

Image: Derek Jarman exhibition at the Garden Museum © Janie Airey, Art Fund 2020

Iris, agapanthus, dill and poppy: we love these cool and calm modern botanical illustrations by Hannah McVicar, Illustra...
11/05/2021

Iris, agapanthus, dill and poppy: we love these cool and calm modern botanical illustrations by Hannah McVicar, Illustrator & Printmaker, who uses multi-media printmaking to illustrate plants in all their forms.

Hannah will be exhibiting at our Super Nature art fair opening next week, 22-23 May! We’ll be filling the Museum with an array of artists whose work is inspired by the joy of plants and nature.

Book your tickets: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/super-nature-2021/

10/05/2021

"Flowers have been seen as a symbol of beauty, typically. I wanted to kind of break that idea, and have them be seen not just as beautiful, but powerful, and scary. Something delicate, but something strong."

Ahead of her exhibition opening at the Garden Museum next week, Shara Hughes takes us behind the scenes in her New York studio, sharing how she created these magnificent flower paintings in response to the special setting of our historic building.

See Shara's exhibition in person when we re-open next Monday 17 May. Tickets must be pre-booked online - https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/product/garden-museum-ticket/

Presented in partnership with Pilar Corrias Gallery.

We present you with 8 delightful sweet peas, each sweeter than the last. Perhaps an impossible question, but which would...
06/05/2021

We present you with 8 delightful sweet peas, each sweeter than the last. Perhaps an impossible question, but which would you pick? It’s no.4, ‘Loveliness’ for us!

Colour print of sweet peas ‘painted from nature’: Rowntree’s new 'Royal Race' from a 1927 catalogue of vegetable and flower seeds from Rowntree Bros, Clarence Park, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

We present you with 8 delightful sweet peas, each sweeter than the last. Perhaps an impossible question, but which would you pick? It’s no.4, ‘Loveliness’ for us!

Colour print of sweet peas ‘painted from nature’: Rowntree’s new 'Royal Race' from a 1927 catalogue of vegetable and flower seeds from Rowntree Bros, Clarence Park, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

🌼 Just two weeks to go till we re-open with our new exhibition, Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers! 🌼Open 17 May...
04/05/2021

🌼 Just two weeks to go till we re-open with our new exhibition, Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers! 🌼

Open 17 May – 26 September, we’re celebrating THE most influential woman in 20th century flowers: from nurse, to teacher, to flower shop owner, to arranging the flowers at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Constance Spry did it all. And always in her own signature style, unconfined by tradition and rules.

We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been cooking up with guest curator Shane Connolly, and get to know Spry and her impressive life even better.

🌺🌺🌺

Tickets must be pre-booked online as capacity will be limited for social distancing. Book now: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/constancespry/

Image: Morning glory arrangement by Constance Spry, photo Cowderoy & Moss Ltd,c.1930 / RHS Lindley Collections

🌼 Just two weeks to go till we re-open with our new exhibition, Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers! 🌼

Open 17 May – 26 September, we’re celebrating THE most influential woman in 20th century flowers: from nurse, to teacher, to flower shop owner, to arranging the flowers at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Constance Spry did it all. And always in her own signature style, unconfined by tradition and rules.

We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been cooking up with guest curator Shane Connolly, and get to know Spry and her impressive life even better.

🌺🌺🌺

Tickets must be pre-booked online as capacity will be limited for social distancing. Book now: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/constancespry/

Image: Morning glory arrangement by Constance Spry, photo Cowderoy & Moss Ltd,c.1930 / RHS Lindley Collections

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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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Monday 10:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
Thursday 10:30 - 17:00
Friday 10:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Sunday 10:30 - 17:00

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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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I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion on zoom. Seeing beauty in wilderness. A love of plants and nature was my way in to appreciating the life and work of this talented and vibrant man. Thank you.
Con la declaración del Estado de Alarma por crisis sanitaria COVID-19 y el consecuente confinamiento en nuestros hogares, hemos vuelto a utilizar ese espacio olvidado de los balcones, tribunas a la calle desde donde gritamos y aplaudimos una respuesta social en común, sea de denuncia o de agradecimiento. ¡LLENA DE FLORES TUS BALCONES! Aprovechemos estos espacios como elementos vivos de la ciudad y gocemos de sus beneficios ambientales, estéticos, espirituales y sociales. Los balcones son piezas representativas de nuestras proclamas y de nuestro paisaje urbano. Implantemos un buen ambiente en nuestro balcón, pongámolos a florecer¡ Llenemos de flores y encanto nuestros balcones¡
Is the Constance Spry exhibition at the Garden Museum still scheduled to happen and what date please?
Love visiting The Garden Museum when in London.
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 🤮
What is the nearest Tube/Train station?
Re The upcoming #ladybird books exhibition, ppl might also like a current show in #NewWalkMuseum #leicester
BBC R4 Kitchen Cabinet!
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.