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“Rather like Derek Jarman, who acquired Prospect Cottage after his HIV diagnosis in 1986, Charles Mahoney’s permanent se...
07/10/2020

“Rather like Derek Jarman, who acquired Prospect Cottage after his HIV diagnosis in 1986, Charles Mahoney’s permanent settling in Oak Cottage, Kent, was in response to the collective trauma of the Second World War, and his own declining health.

This was the first time that either had a plot to call their own, and both Jarman and Mahoney seem to have embodied this notion of the ‘garden as sanctuary’, with all the salve and inspiration that sprung forth from their green-fingered endeavours.”

Liss Llewellyn Gallery Manager George Richards shines a light on Charles Mahoney, featured artist in our Sanctuary Revisited online exhibition.

Keep reading: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/charles-mahoney-at-home/

Image: Charles Mahoney, Ludo with Landscape, courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

This portrait of Evelyn Dunbar, co-author and illustrator of Gardeners’ Choice with Charles Mahoney, was painted by her ...
05/10/2020

This portrait of Evelyn Dunbar, co-author and illustrator of Gardeners’ Choice with Charles Mahoney, was painted by her aunt Clara Cowling (1868-1946) at the family home in Strood.

Florence Dunbar (Evelyn’s mother) and her sister Clara were both enthusiastic amateur painters. The attribution of this portrait of Evelyn, relaxing in a pink dress under a parasol, is authenticated by a photograph in the Dunbar family album of Clara painting it.

The photograph also shows Paul, the Dunbars’ dog, trying to jump up on to Evelyn’s lap!

This painting is from our online exhibition, Sanctuary Revisited, in partnership with Liss Llewellyn. All works from this exhibition are for sale, with a percentage of all sales supporting the Garden Museum’s emergency appeal.

Explore the exhibition: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/sanctuary-revisited/

Images courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

📣 New livestream event! 🎥This Tues 29 Sept at 7pm, Great Dixter House and Gardens Head Gardener Fergus Garrett is giving...
26/09/2020

📣 New livestream event! 🎥

This Tues 29 Sept at 7pm, Great Dixter House and Gardens Head Gardener Fergus Garrett is giving a talk at the Garden Museum on what can be learned from the rich wildlife biodiversity present in the gardens and estate.

And we have good news for those of you who can't attend this event in person: we will be livestreaming this talk so you can watch online from the comfort of your own home!

Buy your tickets here to access the livestream on Tues: https://bit.ly/3j3ZDlq

Leave your stress at the door and enter the serene world of Super Nature at the Garden Museum, the city’s hidden oasis.F...
24/09/2020

Leave your stress at the door and enter the serene world of Super Nature at the Garden Museum, the city’s hidden oasis.

For one weekend only on 9-11 Oct, the Museum will be adorned with art inspired by the beauty of nature, plants, flowers and gardens. Entry is just £5 a ticket (down from our usual entry price of £10).

Discover hyper-real floral photography, fantastical fine art prints, and expressive abstract paintings at every turn, then take a breather in our calm Dan Pearson-designed courtyard garden to soak up the tropical planting, and stop by our award-winning Garden Café to sample the season’s best produce.

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

Photos by exhibiting artist Kevin Dutton Dutton Photography.

23/09/2020
Dr Mark Spencer: Saint Derek of Dungeness of the Order of Celluloid Knights

“We were very keen on having people who were emblematic of what was important about our identity, or had done a lot for us. So we decided to make him a saint!”

These days, Dr Mark Spencer is an internationally respected botanist, an expert in the plants of North-west Europe and forensic botany.

In this film, he remembers being part of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a queer protest group started in San Francisco that uses drag and religious imagery to call attention to sexual intolerance and gender issues, and picks his favourite item in our Derek Jarman exhibition – the pebbles of Dungeness.

Derek Jarman: My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon has been extended! Now open until 13 December, you can book your tickets here: http://bit.ly/3a8j9cr

This film is part of our Derek Jarman online exhibition. Watch more here: www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/jarmansgarden

Ferns of Great Britain, by Anne Pratt (1806-1893).Pratt was one of the most popular botanical illustrators in her lifeti...
22/09/2020

Ferns of Great Britain, by Anne Pratt (1806-1893).

Pratt was one of the most popular botanical illustrators in her lifetime, publishing around 20 books.

But as was often the case with female botanical illustrators of the era, particularly self-taught ones like Anne, her work was criticized for apparently not being scientific enough.

These illustrations were from ‘The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails’, Pratt’s six-volume project assessing more than 1500 species, published over a decade between 1855-66.

Explore our collection: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/collection/

Three weeks to go till our Director’s Sponsored Swim to Save the Garden Museum, and we are thrilled to announce that an ...
21/09/2020
Announcement: Donations to sponsored swim will be matched pound for pound! - Garden Museum

Three weeks to go till our Director’s Sponsored Swim to Save the Garden Museum, and we are thrilled to announce that an anonymous Foundation will match your donation pound for pound (up to a maximum gift by the Foundation of £100,000)!

This is a huge step towards our target of £370,000 to save the Museum.

If you donate £25 that will become a donation of £50 thanks to the exceptional generosity of this match-funding. A pound for every mile of the swim!

Three weeks to go till our Director’s Sponsored Swim to Save the Garden Museum, and we are thrilled to announce that an anonymous Foundation will match your gift pound for pound (up to a maximum gift by the Foundation of £100,000). This is a huge step towards our target of £370,000 to save the M...

We’ve recreated elements of Prospect Cottage for our Derek Jarman exhibition – but what about seeing inside the real thi...
17/09/2020

We’ve recreated elements of Prospect Cottage for our Derek Jarman exhibition – but what about seeing inside the real thing?

Prospect Cottage itself is not open to the public, but we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to spend an afternoon, with a guest, inside the cottage. All you have to do is enter our fundraising raffle!

Tickets to enter the raffle are £10 each, 5 tickets for £40 or 12 tickets for £100. The more you buy, the better your chance of winning! The raffle has been running for a few months, and now’s your last chance to enter – ticket sales close at 5pm tomorrow!

Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2u8GN8p

The raffle winners will be drawn on Monday 21 September. Three runners-up will win a money plant (Crassula) cut from Derek Jarman’s very own money plant from his London studio.

#JarmansGarden

Prospect Cottage c.1990 © Howard Sooley

This year, Peckham-based floral studio SAGE Flowers started FutureFlowers: the country’s first free training programme f...
16/09/2020

This year, Peckham-based floral studio SAGE Flowers started FutureFlowers: the country’s first free training programme for non-white ethnicity people to learn the basics of floristry, aiming to lessen the financial and emotional barriers to gaining training in the industry.

And we’re thrilled to be hosting the class for their final project this September, as participants learn how to build a large floral installation in the Museum!

The class will be making a surreal floral scene, that sprouts from the ground and twists, turns and bends like a set from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Visitors to the Museum can view and enjoy the finished piece from 26-27 September.

Romy and Iona, founders of SAGE, will also be giving a talk about their FutureFlowers initiative at our Houseplant Festival on Sat 24 Oct and there’s just a few tickets left.

Find out more: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/futureflowers-installation-with-sage-flowers/

Workshop photo by Christian Cassiel.

This week for our garden update, Head Gardener Matt Collins has been looking indoors to our houseplant displays:“It’s be...
15/09/2020

This week for our garden update, Head Gardener Matt Collins has been looking indoors to our houseplant displays:

“It’s been good in recent weeks to spend a little time on our indoor plant displays, repotting plants that doubled in size this summer and taking further cuttings. The tradescantia cuttings taken back in spring are well rooted, potted up and now back on sale in the museum orangery, furthering the link with John Tradescant (Elder and Younger) — Britain’s celebrated 17th century plant collectors — who are buried in the museum garden (Carl Linnaeus named the genus Tradescantia to honour the Tradescants’ botanical legacy).

We’ll keep a few back for the Houseplant Festival (23-25 October), which, if last year is anything to go by, will be fantastic. Currently, I’m obsessing over foliage begonias, and will be very much on the hunt that weekend for something new, bright, easy going and shade-happy to join our growing indoor plant family…”

1. Tradescantia stand
2. Tradescantia sillamontana
3. Houseplants
4. Tradescantia 'Quicksilver'
5. Tradescantia purpurea
6. Tradescantia 'Zebrina'

Sanctuary Revisited: a new online exhibition!Our spring exhibition ‘Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939′ struck a chor...
14/09/2020

Sanctuary Revisited: a new online exhibition!

Our spring exhibition ‘Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939′ struck a chord with many during lockdown. So we are delighted to be partnering with Liss Llewellyn again to launch ‘Sanctuary Revisited’!

This online-only exhibition presents a new selection of works exploring why so many artists turn to gardens and plants to create their own personal sanctuaries, and all the works on show are available for purchase. Artists include Charles Mahoney, Mary Adshead, Evelyn Dunbar and Percy Bliss.

Explore here: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/sanctuary-revisited/

A portion of all sales from this online exhibition will go directly towards saving the Garden Museum from the impact of the coronavirus, and helping us continue our exhibitions and eduction programmes.

Mary Adshead, Still-life. Image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.

14/09/2020

Please note: online ticket sales will be unavailable today from approx 11am while we run essential site maintenance. Sales will be live again tomorrow - in the meantime, please call the office on 020 7401 8865 with any urgent ticket inquiries.

Super Nature is back! Tickets are now available for the new dates, 9-11 October, after being postponed from March this y...
09/09/2020

Super Nature is back! Tickets are now available for the new dates, 9-11 October, after being postponed from March this year.

We’re hosting London’s first art fair inspired by plants, with a curated selection of our favourite artists whose work celebrates the joy of plants, flowers and gardens.

And since we’ll be limiting capacity in the fair for social distancing, there are two evenings we’ll be staying open late so more of you can come and choose a new piece of gorgeous garden art for your home.

Details and ticket options: http://bit.ly/309fnL7

Image: courtesy of Natasha Coverdale / Studio Coverdale

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for - we are elated to announce that ‘Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the ...
08/09/2020

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for - we are elated to announce that ‘Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon’ has been extended until 13 December!

While many of you have been unable to visit the Museum yet, and daily visitor numbers are still capped for social distancing, we hope this comes as welcome news. Your chance to see our celebration of Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage garden has not been missed!

Tickets for the new dates will be available to book from next Tuesday 15 September.

In the meantime, find out more here: http://bit.ly/3a8j9cr

#JarmansGarden

Image: Prospect Cottage © Howard Sooley

A September update from our Head Gardener, Matt Collins:Now into September, we’re entering that wonderful crossover of s...
07/09/2020

A September update from our Head Gardener, Matt Collins:

Now into September, we’re entering that wonderful crossover of seasons where a faint sense of autumn filters in with the early light but vanishes by mid morning. In the museum courtyard this is absolutely the best time of year — the cannas, gingers, violas and tinantias are full of colour, offset by deepening foliage all around, which in turn has been invigorated by the recent rain and intermittent sunshine. The underplanting has also now almost closed over entirely, stitching together at ground level the more prominent statements above.

In the coming weeks we’ll be bark mulching the wider museum garden ahead of autumn leaf fall, and dividing/potting up runaway perennials (which we’ll put out for sale) so as to maintain the gentle balance.

06/09/2020
Jonny Bruce: Gardening at Prospect Cottage

Now the gardener at Prospect Cottage, Jonny Bruce received a copy of “Modern Nature” as a gift from his mother when he was studying History of Art at Cambridge. Already deeply interested in horticulture, Jarman’s garden provided a unique intersection between art, politics and horticulture and the garden at Prospect Cottage formed the subject for Jonny Bruce’s undergraduate thesis.

After Derek’s death in 1994 the garden was cared for by his partner Keith Collins, in the last years of Keith's life Jonny assisted him tending the garden. In this film Jonny explores the continued legacy of Derek’s garden and its guardianship.

Explore more films in our Derek Jarman online exhibition: www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/jarmansgarden

The recent biodiversity audit at Great Dixter House and Gardens has revealed how extraordinarily rich the gardens and es...
05/09/2020

The recent biodiversity audit at Great Dixter House and Gardens has revealed how extraordinarily rich the gardens and estate are in wildlife. For example, within just a few acres, the gardens are host to over 40% of the UK’s bee species.

On Tues 29 September at 7pm, Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will be joining us for a talk, sharing how and why Great Dixter undertook their biodiversity audit, as well as exploring the reasons for such diversity, especially in an intensively gardened flower garden.

Book tickets: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/fergus-garrett-biodiversity-at-great-dixter/

Houseplant Festival update – ticket sales are now live! 🌵🌿🌪 Go go go!We’ve announced the full line-up of talks and stall...
04/09/2020

Houseplant Festival update – ticket sales are now live! 🌵🌿🌪 Go go go!

We’ve announced the full line-up of talks and stalls on our website, this year @noughticulture has curated stellar schedule including The Secret Language of Houseplants with Bloom Magazine, How to Grow in Small Spaces with Claire Ratinon, and Making Floristry more Accessible with Sage Flowers.

Tickets to the festival are limited so we can maintain social distancing, and to keep this leafy affair safe and enjoyable for everyone. So don’t hesitate – tickets are likely to sell out fast!

Details and booking: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/houseplant-festival-2020/

Can't make it to see our Derek Jarman exhibition during the day? With just under three weeks left till ‘My Garden's Boun...
02/09/2020

Can't make it to see our Derek Jarman exhibition during the day?

With just under three weeks left till ‘My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon’ closes on 20 Sept, we've extended our opening hours for the next three Friday evenings, starting this Friday 4 Sept! Tickets available 5.30pm – 8pm.

So take advantage, and book now to experience a piece of Dungeness spirit brought to life in Lambeth: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/derek-jarman-late-opening/

Staying for dinner? Contact [email protected] to reserve your table at the Garden Café.

Annie Campbell Watering at Home in Barnhill, near Dundee (1897) 🌿When gelatin silver photography was invented in 1871, p...
01/09/2020

Annie Campbell Watering at Home in Barnhill, near Dundee (1897) 🌿

When gelatin silver photography was invented in 1871, photographers were no longer confined to the studio. This new method only needed a fraction of second in exposure time, and gardens quickly became a popular setting for portraits.

This shorter exposure time allowed for more informal poses, like Annie Campbell here, captured watering her garden by her husband Archibald Campbell, a talented amateur photographer.

We’ve created an online gallery all about the history of garden portraits on our new Google Arts & Culture platform – delve in here: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/early-garden-portraits/6AIiY1XckxuEJg

In our first public event since re-opening the Museum, we are privileged to be hosting the launch of landscape designer ...
29/08/2020

In our first public event since re-opening the Museum, we are privileged to be hosting the launch of landscape designer Dan Pearson’s new book 'Tokachi Millennium Forest'.

Join us to find out more about Dan's involvement in this ambitious project, a Japanese forest garden twenty years in the making, and what we can learn from the Japanese respect and reverence for nature, and a Q&A with BBC Gardener's World presenter Arit Anderson.

Tues 22 September, book here: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/dan-pearson-tokachi-millennium-forest/

Now’s the time to see our courtyard garden in all its lush green summer glory!And to make the most of the season, the Ga...
26/08/2020

Now’s the time to see our courtyard garden in all its lush green summer glory!

And to make the most of the season, the Garden Café will be open late this Friday evening again with a few tables available in the garden. Fancy eating dinner in our little green oasis?

Contact [email protected] to book a table. Bookings available from 6.30pm with very limited availability, so book quickly to secure your spot!

And head to www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/cafe to see our daily menus.

“Dungeness was, and still is, quite unlike anywhere else in Britain. At that time in the early 1990s, it was widely thou...
23/08/2020

“Dungeness was, and still is, quite unlike anywhere else in Britain. At that time in the early 1990s, it was widely thought of (though later disproved) to be England’s only piece of official desert.

We arrived at Prospect Cottage to find Derek trimming the deadheads off and re-shaping his cotton lavender with a lovely old fashioned pair of wooden handled shears..."

Shaun Kiddell, Parks Policy Advisor at National Lottery Heritage Fund, shares his memories of visiting Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage in the early 1990s, along with his own photographs from that first visit.

See the full story: https://bit.ly/3gcjsoo

Thank you for sharing, Shaun!

22/08/2020
Derek Jarman: My Garden's Boundaries are the Horizon

Our new Derek Jarman Online Exhibition is live! Dig in here: www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/jarmansgarden

Building upon 'My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon' (open at the Museum until 20 September), our online exhibition explores more of the stories behind Jarman’s garden, art, activism and legacy.

This film, made especially for the online exhibition, interviews artists Jordan Mooney and Rich Porter, Prospect Cottage gardener Jonny Bruce, actor Julian Sands, and botanist Mark Spencer (a member of queer protest group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who 'canonised' Jarman in 1991), while taking you on a tour of the exhibition, with elements of Prospect Cottage recreated in the Museum.

This film was produced thanks to a project grant from Art Fund, which allows us to bring the Derek Jarman exhibition to life online.

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5 Lambeth Palace Rd
London
SE1 7LB

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

Opening Hours

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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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.
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. :-)