Garden Museum

Garden Museum
5 Lambeth Palace Road
Greater London




020 7401 8865


020 7401 8869

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Garden Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

£7.50 Adults
£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.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A gardener looking at his allotment, surprised to see his marrows have turned into large shell cases.

Gardens and War

  • 24 September 2014 — 5 January 2015

Gardens and War will explore the role played by gardening and growing during the Great War. Less well-known in our history of the war is the role played by horticulture at the Front and indeed in the trenches of both armies. Market gardening also took place in PoW camps and in internment camps as well as home.

We will explore how planting and garden-making introduced beauty into a world of horror. We will also look at the importance of flowers as symbols of home and of remembrance. The exhibition will feature poppies from Flanders and the extraordinary collection of pressed flowers collected by “an incurable romantic” soldier sent to fight in the Balkans and sent home.

At home, floral shrines on the streets led to the establishment of a huge a memorial in Hyde Park in August 1918. Intended as a temporary structure it was kept in place for well over a year and led to the establishment of the Cenotaph in London.

The exhibition will open on 24th September 2014 and run until 5th January 2015.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£7.50 Adults

£6.50 Senior Citizens

£3.00 Students/Concessions

£3.00 Art Fund Members

Free Children under 16, those on jobseekers allowance, carers


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of tulips

Buried Treasure: A Masterclass on Garden Bulbs

  • 29 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Bulbs more than repay the time spent planting them by bursting into flower just when your garden needs a boost. Join us at the Garden Museum for this very special day with bulb expert Christine Skelmersdale and botanical artist and tulip specialist Diana Everett.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£100.00 standard, £75.00 friends.


A cartoon of a sergeant gardening.

Curator's Afternoon Tour: Gardens and War Exhibition with Russell Clark

  • 16 October 2014 3:30-6pm

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cake followed by a tour of the exhibition!

15.30 Tea and cake

16.30 Tour with Russell Clark

18.00 Afternoon ends


£15 Friend

£20 Standard

£10 Concession


A cartoon of a sergeant gardening.

Curator's Evening Tour: Gardens and War Exhibition with Russell Clark

  • 30 October 2014 6-8pm

Enjoy a glass of wine on entry before a tour of our new exhibition with the curator, Russell Clark.

18.00 A glass of wine on arrival

18.30 Tour with Russell Clark

20.00 Evening ends


£15 Friend

£20 Standard

£10 Concession


Verdun, France

Memorial Landscapes of the First World War

  • 8 November 2014 10am-5pm

The Garden Museum is pleased to host this Study Day in association with the Garden History Society, to coincide with the museum's exhibition on Gardens and Gardening in the experience of the 1st World War.

Join Dr Sarah Rutherford, Professor Paul Elliot, Jonathon Lovie, Herman van den Bossche, Prof. Keith Grieves, Dr. Katie Campbell and our curator Russell Clark, for talks and discussion on how World War I shaped landscapes and gardening.

Over the day we will be exploring the War's effect on urban parks, taking a look at memorial parks and gardens, the destruction and resurrection of the Ypres Salient and more.

10:00 Registration and coffee

10:30 Introduction by chair Dr Sarah Rutherford

10:40 Professor Paul Elliot: What happened to our Urban Parks as a result of the war?

11:15 David Lambert: Memorial Parks and Gardens of the 1st World War

11:50 Jonathan Lovie: The War Graves commission and the role of individual landscape architects.

12.25 Russell Clark: Gardens and Gardening in the experience of the 1st World War

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Herman van den Bossche: Destruction and ressurection of parks and gardens in the Ypres Salient during and after the first world war.

14:40 Professor Keith Greaves: From Armistice Day to Arbour Day - Trees and woodlands in the 'home' memorial landscape of the Great War.

15:20 Dr Katie Campbell: 20th Century memorials - The search for a new vocabulary.

16:00 Tea & Coffee

This event is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund


Standard ticket £60, Garden Museum friends/GHS members £50, Students £40


photograph of pine cone

Circles of Delight: A Masterclass on Wreath Making

  • 8 December 2014 10:15am-4pm

Join our exclusive workshop at the Garden Museum and you will leave with two beautiful, unique Christmas wreaths, which you’ll make under the expert tuition of Rosemary Campbell-Preston, Jane Macfarlane-Duckworth and Rhea Thierstein. Materials included.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£125.00 standard, £100.00 friends.