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Latest Acquisitions

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

1820 watercolour

2009-063 Gardener by H Freeth J

2009-063 Islington Gdn - S Shipp J

The curatorial team has recently purchased the latest acquisitions made using the HLF Collecting Cultures grant. These include an anonymous watercolour c.1820, an etching: The Gardener and the Tortoise by H.A. Freeth, and an oil by Susan Shipp: Back Garden in Islington.


A Sense of Place – Dan Pearson

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 11:03 am



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Dan Pearson’s exhibition is now open! A Sense of Place is the first exhibition of photographs by the garden designer and writer and celebrates the publication of his new book, Spirit: Garden Inspiration.

The exhibition also features a series of six bonsai trees, shown in rotation. Growing conditions inside the Museum are notoriously difficult – a lack of natural light plays its part. Consequently each tree on display has five diva-esque ‘understud-trees’ who live in the Museum’s service yard, fluttering their leaves seductively in an attempt to ensure they are the next specimen to be displayed inside the Museum. 

All the trees on display are kindly loaned by members of the Bonsai Kai.  This is a London based group of amateur growers and an RHS Affiliated Society.  The Bonsai Kai was the first bonsai club in Europe and founded in 1962.

The Good Life Planting Scheme

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

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Anne and Laurie were hard at work first thing this morning implementing the new planting scheme to complement the forthcoming The Good Life exhibition. All plants are edible and include Liriope Muscari (edible roots), Sedum Spectabile (leaves can be eaten in salad) and Violas (edible petals), as well as thyme, rosemary, lavender and marjoram.

Goose in the garden

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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To add to our collection of avian adventure stories, this time: wildfowl! Just moments ago we were alerted to the presence of a large goose in the garden. Staff from the RSPCA are on their way…