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 *on now

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 lavender

Herbs for Healing: Wonderlips and Healing Hands Workshop

  • 23 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Protect and Nourish with a Lipbalm and Handcream

You will create your own personalised hand-cream, using a natural base cream then adding your choice of organic plant oils, such as Avocado, Borage, Jojoba etc and aromatic, healing essential oils, such as Lavender, Grapefruit, Frankincense, Geranium, Patchouli, Mint etc

There will also be a demonstration of creating your own balm/healing salve using beeswax, plant oils and essential oils ideal for use on lips (or cuticles), to protect against the elements and soften the skin.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10.00 Friend, £15.00 Standard.


photograph of field communications during ww1

The Big Squelchy Muddy Clay Draw

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Monday to Friday Open 14:00 to 16:00 for families, come along anytime during opening hours for the general public and museum visitors.

Join us to 'draw' with clay to make stems, leaves, plants and flowers! Inspired by muddy 'trench' gardens of World War One where soldiers grew and tended vegetables and flowers we will create our own mud garden. Artist Rosa Nguyen or Schools and Community Officer Janine Nelson will be on hand to help families daily between 14:00 and 16:00.

At the end of the week the clay garden will be photographed and then recycled.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply: £7.50 Adults, £6.50 Senior Citizens, £3.00 Students/Concessions.


photograph of apples on tree

Barrie Juniper 'The Tradescants Orchard'

  • 28 October 2014 6:30-8pm

Join plant scientist and author Barrie Juniper as he reveals the mystery behind a vibrant set of watercolours of orchard fruits which was found among the manuscripts of Elias Ashmole, whose collection formed the basis of the Ashmolean Museum, and is now held in the Bodleian Library.

Although traditionally associated with the John Tradescants, the renowned seventeenth century gardeners and plant hunters, very little was known about this mysterious treasure. Juniper set out to discover the unique story behind the manuscript - who painted it and why.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Price £15.00/£10.00


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 rose

Herbs for Healing: Soap Workshop

  • 9 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Channelling the spirit of Pears c1910, we shall experience the art of soap making, using the simple ‘melt and pour’ method but with additional botanical benefits to cleanse and hydrate, including goats milk, dried petals and herbs and the uplifting, therapeutic aromas of pure essential oils.

Participants will need to collect their bars of soap from the museum on a later date or pay £3 postage as they won’t be ready to take home on the day. There will be 2-3 soap bars each.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10.00 Friend, £15.00 Standard.


Members of the Women's Land Army (WLA) smile for the camera as they sit or stand in a horse-drawn cart in a sunny country lane.

Defiant Gardens - Making Gardens in Wartime

  • 13 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Wartime gardens are dramatic examples of what landscape architect Kenneth Helphand calls defiant gardens — gardens created in extreme social, political, economic, or cultural conditions.

This talk focuses on gardens soldiers built inside and behind the trenches in WW1; gardens built in the Warsaw and other ghettos under the Nazis during WW2; gardens in the POW and civilian internment camps of both world wars; and gardens created by Japanese Americans held at U.S. internment camps during WW2.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Standard: £15.00, Friend: £10.00, Student: £10.00.


photograph of wounded soldier on battlefield

The Home Front Pharmacy

  • 20 November 2014 6-7:30pm

An evening lead by medical herbalist and artist Maria Vlotides about how to use herbs for winter remedies.

What is herbal medicine? How was herbal medicine used both on the battlefield and at home in World War One?

Maria Vlotides will explore these questions and take a closer look at three herbs critical to the period of the Great War. The talk will also reveal some home remedies, with a particular focus on coughs and colds.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£10.00 Friend, £15.00 Standard.


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.