5 Lambeth Palace Road
020 7401 8865
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The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events, symposia and garden.
Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or even architecture the Museum has something for you.
Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, the Museum has a spectacular home in the former St Mary-at-Lambeth Parish Church, which itself its steeped in history and has some interesting stories to tell.
For example, the tomb of the John Tradescants, gardeners to Charles I and adventurous plant hunters, can be found in the Museum Garden. They introduced many of the flowers, shrubs and trees we grow today. The centrepiece of the garden is a 17th century style knot garden that is planted with the plants that the Tradescants grew, and offers year-round interest to the visitor as well as a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of London.
A programme of events, talks, and plant fairs runs throughout the year.
The Shop offers a range of perfect presents for those who love gardens and The Garden café serves delicious freshly-made vegetarian food: “There cannot be a prettier outside table in Central London” - Giles Coren, The Times.
Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre
Museum, Garden, Shop and Cafe: Sunday to Friday 10.30 am - 5.00 pm. Saturday 10.30am - 4.00pm Closed 1st Monday of the Month
Winter closure - 24th December to 22nd January
£6 Senior Citizens
£3 Student concession
Art Fund Members free entry to permanent collection, £3 for exhibitions and gardens.
Free for children under 16 and carers of disabled people.
Free for Friends and Patrons of the Museum
Entrance to shop and Cafe free.
Permanent collection of garden tools and memorabilia, two temporary exhibition spaces, shop and vegetarian cafe
The Museum's collection has particular focus on the development of gardening and garden design through the ages, as well as the role of plant hunters in the introduction of new species to the UK.
Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- Tomb of the Tradescant family
- Tomb of Admiral Bligh
- The Vegetable Lamb
- Personal effects of Gertrude Jekyll
- Architecture and tombs of the church St. Mary-at-Lambeth
- Replica 17th Century Knot Garden
- Garden related tools, artefacts, curiosities and ephemera
Fashion & Gardens: Spring/Summer - Autumn/Winter
- 7 February — 27 April 2014 *on now
Like gardeners working in their gardens, the modern fashion world follows a seasonal cycle, always looking ahead to the next season, trying to anticipate the changes of light, temperature, mood and scale that await at the turn of the year. Both gardens and dress aim to bring a sense of occasion to a season.
Fashion & Gardens is the first exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design, from the age of Queen Elizabeth I to the catwalks of London Fashion Week 2014. The exhibition, curated by writer, historian and Garden Museum Trustee Nicola Shulman, will identify and celebrate the many links and correspondences between gardening and fashion design. The connection has existed for centuries, but this exhibition is the first attempt to make it articulate.
We feature designers from Valentino and Alexander McQueen to Philip Treacy and Christopher Bailey who continue to be inspired by the garden. Of his Spring/Summer 2014 collection Bailey comments "I wanted this idea of an English rose garden. There are all these very dusky, gentle, soft colours and then all of a sudden you'll see a spiky, very red rose in the middle of it."
The Museum will provide an insight into the private gardens of our leading designers: we ask why so many garden designers make gardens from which they draw private inspiration.
- Any age
Included in admission.