A Garden Within Doors: Plants and Flowers in the Home at latest Geffrye Museum display

By Culture24 Staff | 24 March 2010
a painting of two women sitting near a window arranging sunflowers

George Dunlop Leslie, Sun and Moon Flowers, oil on canvas (1889). © Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

Exhibition: A Garden Within Doors: Plants and Flowers in the Home, The Geffrye Museum, London, March 30 - July 24 2010

The latest exhibition at the Geffrye will use its fantastic selection of recreated period rooms to investigate the role of plants and flowers in the home during the past 400 years.

A Garden Within Doors will look at how different generations have displayed flora in the home and how tastes have changed across the centuries.

a painting of a window that has been elaboratley decorated with plants

EA Maling, Frontispiece from Indoor Plants and how to Grow Them (1862). © Geffrye Museum, London

Visitors be able to track the evolving styles of plants in the home and examine the vessels these natural beauties were displayed in.

Two special features will also be added to the museum's period gardens, an 18th century auricular theatre and a pelargonium pyramid that will be used to display prize-winning blooms.

a painting of a bay window that has been elaborately dressed with curtains and plants.

Cassell, Frontispiece from Cassell's Household Guide (circa 1880). © Geffrye Museum, London

The main focus of the exhibition will be the period between 1800 and 1914, when domestic gardening and an interest in bringing plants indoors truly started to bloom.

The two introductory sections will take a look at the people who created the interest in plants and gardening.

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