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
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.
- Family friendly
£6.50 Senior Citizens
£3.00 Art Fund Members
Free Children under 16, those on jobseekers allowance, carers
- 1 March — 30 June 2015
Russell Page is one of the greatest garden designers of the modern period. He trained as an artist and brought a painters eye for form and style to the many gardens that he made. His professional gardening career began at Longleat House in the 1930’s and ended in the 1980’s with the design of a Sculpture garden for Pepsi Co. in New York. Page designed Gardens all over the world, among his most famous are the Battersea Park Festival Gardens made for the 1951 Festival of Britain, the garden at La Mortella on the island of Ischia designed for Sir William and Lady Walton and the garden of the Frick Collection in New York City.
The exhibition of over 50 paintings, photographs and drawings from Russell Pages’ own archive, the collection of the RHS, Public and Private Collections in the USA and Europe is the first major retrospective of Page’s oeuvre in the United Kingdom.
Normal admission charges apply.