Historic Gardens at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Historic Gardens at the Weald & Downland Living Museum The Museum is home to six replica period gardens showing domestic gardening history from Tudor to Victorian times. Each is attached to a period rural home.
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A bumper harvest on show in our potting shed! Our fabulous historic gardens team are rightly proud of these - the fruits...
02/11/2018

A bumper harvest on show in our potting shed! Our fabulous historic gardens team are rightly proud of these - the fruits of their labours!

The popular Horticultural Show returns on 6 October 2018 as a part of our Autumn Countryside Show. There are classes to ...
05/09/2018

The popular Horticultural Show returns on 6 October 2018 as a part of our Autumn Countryside Show. There are classes to suit all ages – from beginners to budding enthusiasts!

Download your Horticultural Show entry forms here: http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/autumn-countryside-show/

New day course! Garden History in 10 ObjectsFriday 19 October 2018, 9.30am-4.30pmThis one-day ' taster ' interactive cou...
21/08/2018
Garden History in 10 Objects | Weald and Downland

New day course! Garden History in 10 Objects
Friday 19 October 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm

This one-day ' taster ' interactive course explores the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change.

The tutors:

* Letta Jones, MA, Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History.
* David Standing, Ex-Head Gardener, Gilbert White’s house.
* Carlotta Holt, Museum Gardener, Weald & Downland Living Museum.

For full details and to book please visit our website:
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/garden-history-10-objects/

9.30am-4.30pm The course A one day ‘taster’ interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll investigate them in context to show how the styl...

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend this weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight so...
28/06/2018

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend this weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their favourite plants growing here at the Museum. Christine has chosen Vervain (verbena officinalis). This delicate plant had both spiritual and medicinal uses, and was also known as the 'Holy Herb', or 'Enchanter's Plant'. You can find it growing in Poplar Cottage garden.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend this weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight so...
28/06/2018

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend this weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their favourite plants growing here at the Museum. Carlotta has chosen roses, in particular the Apothecary rose (Rosa gallica officinalis). The blooms are beautifully fragrant, and the flowers can be used for all manner of things including, salads, syrups, vinegar, liquers, honey, jellies, sugar, sweets and jams.

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their f...
27/06/2018

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their favourite plants growing here at the Museum. Lyn has chosen Elderflower - considered by some to be the most sacred of trees, you can use their leaves, flowers and berries for all manner of things.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their f...
26/06/2018

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their favourite plants growing here at the Museum. Carole has picked Opium Poppies - not only do bees love them, their seeds make a tasty addition to bread, cakes and salad dressings!
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their f...
25/06/2018

In honour of our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July, we've asked the gardening team to highlight some of their favourite plants growing here at the Museum. Karen has picked cornflower. Also known as bachelor's button, the flowers are edible- include it in salads to add colour.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Soapwort. Folk name - Fuller's Herb. Fullers used soapwort for soaping cloth. It yields a soapy sap which is said to rev...
21/06/2018

Soapwort. Folk name - Fuller's Herb. Fullers used soapwort for soaping cloth. It yields a soapy sap which is said to revitalise precious fabrics and is still used today by Museums on tapestries due to its gentle cleansing.
Find out more at our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Some very happy looking bees enjoying the Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) in Walderton garden earlier today. Named af...
20/06/2018

Some very happy looking bees enjoying the Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) in Walderton garden earlier today. Named after 'Somnus', the Roman god of sleep. Seeds can be used in bread and cakes, or make a tasty addition to salad dressings.

Creeping Comfrey ( Symphtum grandiflorarum) growing in Bayleaf Tudor garden. Also known as Dwarf Comfrey, its folknames ...
05/06/2018

Creeping Comfrey ( Symphtum grandiflorarum) growing in Bayleaf Tudor garden. Also known as Dwarf Comfrey, its folknames are Knitbone and Bruisewort.
Find out more about our historic gardens at our Rural Life Weekend, 30 June - 1 July.

Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) growing in Bayleaf garden. Folk name - Dame's Violet. Pretty Cottage garden flower wi...
27/05/2018

Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) growing in Bayleaf garden. Folk name - Dame's Violet. Pretty Cottage garden flower with sweetly scented edible flowers. It was taken on sea voyages to help prevent scurvy as it's high in vitamin C.
Find out more Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July at our Historic Gardens Weekend!
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

See if you can spot the radishes, just beginning to show in Whittaker's Cottage garden - Long Scarlet, c. 1859, they are...
25/05/2018

See if you can spot the radishes, just beginning to show in Whittaker's Cottage garden - Long Scarlet, c. 1859, they are an early quick maturing variety, the roots are long, rich scarlet and smooth, growing partly above the ground.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

The gardening team have been busy planting runner beans in Whittaker's Cottage garden today - Scarlet Emperor, an 'impro...
23/05/2018

The gardening team have been busy planting runner beans in Whittaker's Cottage garden today - Scarlet Emperor, an 'improved', early-maturing form of the Scarlet Runner, which may have been one of the first kind of runner bean to arrive in Britain.
Find out more about at our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July. http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) growing in the House from Walderton's garden.It was brought to Britain by the Romans, an...
18/05/2018

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) growing in the House from Walderton's garden.It was brought to Britain by the Romans, and was thought to have blood-cleansing and restorative properties. Gerard wrote in his Herbal of 1597, 'The leaves are exceedingly good, wholesome and pleasant, giving the taste of Anise.'

Find out more about the Museum's gardens at our Historic Gardens Weekend, Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Join us for our course - 'The origin of plants', a fascinating lecture-based day with visits to the Museum gardens led b...
16/05/2018

Join us for our course - 'The origin of plants', a fascinating lecture-based day with visits to the Museum gardens led by gardener and plant historian, Maggie Campbell-Culver.
Thursday 14 June.
To find out more, visit: http://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/the-origin-of-plants/

The woad (Isatis tinctoria) is flowering in Bayleaf Tudor garden! Used as a dyestuff for centuries, we use the leaves to...
14/05/2018

The woad (Isatis tinctoria) is flowering in Bayleaf Tudor garden! Used as a dyestuff for centuries, we use the leaves to make a blue dye for our historic clothing..
Find out more at our Historic Gardens Weekend, 30 June - 1 July!
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Historic Gardens at the Weald & Downland Living Museum's cover photo
14/05/2018

Historic Gardens at the Weald & Downland Living Museum's cover photo

You can now purchase our Museum Heritage Herbs from our shop along with lots of other wonderful plants and flowers!
04/05/2018

You can now purchase our Museum Heritage Herbs from our shop along with lots of other wonderful plants and flowers!

03/05/2018

Salsify growing in the House from Walderton’s garden. Its Latin name (Tragopogon porrifolius) means ‘Goat’s beard’. It has delicious roots and edible flowers.

It's National Gardening Week! Here's a Warden pear in the House from Walderton's garden. Dating from the 14 century and ...
02/05/2018
Rural Life Weekend: Historic Gardens | Weald and Downland

It's National Gardening Week! Here's a Warden pear in the House from Walderton's garden. Dating from the 14 century and mentioned in Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale'. Perfect for cooking.
Find out more about our fascinating historic gardens at our Historic Gardens weekend 30 June - 1 July.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

The Museum's Historic Gardens Weekend offers are fascinating insight into the history of gardening from Tudor to Victorian times in rural south east England

Love gardening? Don't miss our Historic Gardens weekend, Saturday 30 June - Monday 1 July. Enjoy displays, guided walks ...
02/05/2018
Rural Life Weekend: Historic Gardens | Weald and Downland

Love gardening? Don't miss our Historic Gardens weekend, Saturday 30 June - Monday 1 July. Enjoy displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view a short film about the Museum’s gardens. You can also chat to our gardening team and see the Museum’s herbarium too.
Find out more here: http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

The Museum's Historic Gardens Weekend offers are fascinating insight into the history of gardening from Tudor to Victorian times in rural south east England

It's National Gardens Week! This is Sweet Cicely from the House from Walderton's garden, look out for these and other Mu...
01/05/2018

It's National Gardens Week! This is Sweet Cicely from the House from Walderton's garden, look out for these and other Museum heritage herbs available to purchase in our shop.

In honour of National Gardening Week we're highlighting some of the heritage plants found in our six historic gardens. T...
30/04/2018
Rural Life Weekend: Historic Gardens | Weald and Downland

In honour of National Gardening Week we're highlighting some of the heritage plants found in our six historic gardens. Today our focus is the Devonshire Quarrenden located in Poplar Cottage garden. Introduced during the 17th Century, it’s one of the best early apples, and was particularly favoured for its strawberry-like flavour. They are sweet, juicy and crisp!
Find out more about our gardens Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July at our Historic Gardens Weekend.
http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/historic-gardens-weekend/

Broad Bean (Martock)c1200sDuring Medieval times broad beans were a popular vegetable; being nutritious, easy to grow and...
13/04/2018

Broad Bean (Martock)
c1200s
During Medieval times broad beans were a popular vegetable; being nutritious, easy to grow and could be dried and stored for use throughout the winter

What the garden team are currently planting:Pea (Carlin)Before 1562Legend has it that a ship carrying a cargo of dried p...
13/04/2018

What the garden team are currently planting:
Pea (Carlin)
Before 1562
Legend has it that a ship carrying a cargo of dried peas was shipwrecked off the north-east coast; local people salvaged the peas and liked the taste!

'Sow peason and beanes in the wane of the moone,Who soweth them sooner, he soweth too soon.That they with the planet may...
13/04/2018

'Sow peason and beanes in the wane of the moone,
Who soweth them sooner, he soweth too soon.
That they with the planet may rest and arise,
And Flourish with bearing most plentiful wise'
-Thomas Tusser 1562

Well done to the gardening team who have been hard at work all of last week sowing peas and broad beans in the garden at Poplar Cottage!

Despite the drizzle, our hardy gardening team were out in force on Monday harvesting leeks and planting onions and broad...
12/04/2018

Despite the drizzle, our hardy gardening team were out in force on Monday harvesting leeks and planting onions and broad beans!

Skirret (Sium sisarum) harvested from the garden at Poplar Cottage last week. Introduced into Europe in the 16th Century...
11/04/2018

Skirret (Sium sisarum) harvested from the garden at Poplar Cottage last week.
Introduced into Europe in the 16th Century as 'the most delicious of root vegetables'. Skirret is a perennial winter vegetable that tastes similar to parsnip. Perfect for soups and curries, or try frying with onion and bacon.

It's National Beanpole Week and we here at the Museum want to support local and sustainable coppicing of our woodland. F...
10/04/2018
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It's National Beanpole Week and we here at the Museum want to support local and sustainable coppicing of our woodland.
Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2qeUkp0

Our gardening team, lead by Head Gardener Carlotta, are replacing our continuous woven hurdle fencing. This section prot...
16/02/2018

Our gardening team, lead by Head Gardener Carlotta, are replacing our continuous woven hurdle fencing. This section protected the historic garden at Poplar Cottage and is constructed using lengths of hazel.

Our gardening team are replacing the continuous woven hurdle fencing around the historic garden at Poplar Cottage using ...
14/02/2018

Our gardening team are replacing the continuous woven hurdle fencing around the historic garden at Poplar Cottage using hazel.

Our historic gardens team are preparing to replace the continuous hurdle fencing at Poplar Cottage garden. After working...
12/01/2018

Our historic gardens team are preparing to replace the continuous hurdle fencing at Poplar Cottage garden. After working in the rain all day, it's great to take your boots off and relax! Watch the new fencing being woven during February half-term.

Rainbow chard and heritage leeks are making their way from our historic gardens to our waterside cafe, Wattle & Daub. Op...
09/11/2017

Rainbow chard and heritage leeks are making their way from our historic gardens to our waterside cafe, Wattle & Daub. Open to both visitors and the public, why not drop in for coffee and cake? Or perhaps a light lunch? See you soon!

Following the very welcome rain yesterday, today our gardening team are busy transplanting leeks.
12/07/2017

Following the very welcome rain yesterday, today our gardening team are busy transplanting leeks.

This beautiful baby robin popped into our historic gardens today.
14/06/2017

This beautiful baby robin popped into our historic gardens today.

Museum gardeners, Carlotta and Lyn, put the final pieces of hazel into this hurdle fence - it's been a large project! We...
26/04/2017

Museum gardeners, Carlotta and Lyn, put the final pieces of hazel into this hurdle fence - it's been a large project! Well done ladies and to everyone involved.

This week we are enjoying the apple blossom in the orchard at Bayleaf Tudor Farmstead and quince blossom in the garden a...
21/04/2017

This week we are enjoying the apple blossom in the orchard at Bayleaf Tudor Farmstead and quince blossom in the garden at the house from Walderton.

Find out more about our historic gardens on our website: http://www.wealddown.co.uk/explore/historic-gardens/

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Weald & Downland Living Museum
Singleton
PO180EU

Opening Hours

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

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