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
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
£5 Senior Citizens
Art Fund Members free entry to permanent collection, £3 for exhibitions and garden.
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
Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson
Dan Pearson is one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today. From contemporary reinterpretations of historic Arts & Crafts gardens to complex public realm urban landscapes and inspiring landscape parks, Pearson creates masterful and original outdoor environments.
He is equally at ease designing a private garden for prominent international clients in London as designing a woodland landscape for a space-age house in the forest outside Moscow with Zaha Hadid, restoring a Lutyens/Jekyll estate as creating an ambitious new estate in Devon, or creating a city park in the heart of King’s Cross as a mountainside ecological park at the northernmost tip of Japan. The Garden Museum is pleased to be presenting an exhibition of his work in collaboration with his award-winning studio, sponsored by Coutts & Co.
The exhibition explores the breadth and depth of Dan Pearson’s landscape design, tracing the roots of his career as a plantsman and designer, looking at his education and influences and focusing on a number of key projects and their inspiration.
The exhibition will be an immersive, multimedia experience where space, materials and craftmanship are as carefully considered as rhythm, colour, texture and seasonality in planting to create spaces which are emotionally uplifting and have a distinctive sense of place. The exhibition will explore the fundamental importance of the idea of sense of place in Dan’s work, the intuitive quality of his informally trained design eye and the horticulturally rigorous, yet painterly quality of his plantings.
Starting with the most formative early influences nurtured at his childhood home, which sowed the seeds of Dan’s passion for plants and nature, the exhibition builds a picture of how the accumulation of education, inspiration and experience led Dan to create the iconic garden at Home Farm for Frances Mossman at the age of 22, come to the attention of design luminaries Priscilla Carluccio, Terence Conran and Ilse Crawford in the early ‘90’s, restore the landscape at Althorp House, following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and work on the landscape for the Millennium Dome with Sir Richard Rogers in 1999.
This last job gave Dan an appetite for public and architectural work which has guided his output for the last decade and a half, resulting in working relationships with some of the most interesting architects practising in the UK including Zaha Hadid, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, David Chipperfield Architects and 6a Architects. These working relationships have contributed to Dan being elected an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2011 and a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.
Simultaneously Dan has been the designer of choice for a variety of private gardens both in the UK and abroad for clients including Sir Paul Smith, Sir Jonathan Ive, Sir John Sorrell, Carlo Carraciolo (the late owner of Italian newspaper l’Espresso), art dealer Ivor Braka, cookery writer, Nigel Slater and Russian businessman, Vladislav Doronin. What unites all of his private clients is their appreciation of his quiet, considered approach, artistic eye and ability to create places with presence whilst never imposing a design aesthetic upon the space or the client.
Alongside his career as a plantsman and designer Dan has also had a successful television and journalism career. In 1992 he presented the first garden makeover programme, Garden Doctors, followed by Routes Around the World, where Dan looked at gardens in America and Japan, stimulating an enduring fascination for that country and its culture. His writing career began at The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. For the past 8 years he has been garden columnist for The Observer Magazine