Archive for November, 2009|Monthly archive page

Happy Birthday Garden Museum!

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

A year ago today we opened our doors to the public. It seems like only yesterday, but what a year! Highlights have included Alan Titchmarsh in conversation with Beth Chatto, the Jardin Plume Journal, 100 more Friends joining, building the Magazine Space and creating a new-look shop, the best Spring Plant Fair ever with over 800 people attending, an amazing autumn events programme with almost every event selling out, a symposium in the snow, delivering gardening starter kits to all the primary schools in Lambeth, our volunteers being as wonderful as ever, creating the post of Horticultural Intern, three inspiring exhibitions and a new sound system.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make all this (and more) happen and to all those who have supported us during the past year. May we continue and prosper.


Apple Tree Planting Photo Special!

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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On Tuesday the Staff Gardeners were out in force planting a row of small apple trees in the border between The Allotment and Lambeth High Street; each is a different Old English Variety in order to add interest and to extend the season.

Holes were dug, boots got muddy, fun was had and leafy beauties were given new homes. May they grow strong and be (literally) fruitful.


In Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm


Janine has been teaching younger members of those families visiting at the weekends to make delicious winter treats to warm the proverbial cockles.

Janine hasn’t actually been warming cockles (they being proverbial), but rather cooking apple crumble, using the new Education Space facilities.

Here is Luca, the Director’s son, happily making crumble mixture.

The Woodward Apple Fund

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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Here are the Museum’s latest acquisitions purchased with funds from sale of the Director’s feral fruit-loot.  


Prizes for Pumpkins!

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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Last week, Janine ran a half-term pumpkin drawing competition.

Three Museum volunteers judged the competition: Mei, Sophie and Janet.  The winner was Maddie, pictured with Sophie and Janet and her winning entry and prize (a kit for growing peas and a carrot badge!).

Well done Maddie!

Free Gardeners’ Silk Banner

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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The Museum has just had its silk banner restored and this will go on display from 7 December.

The banner is a Free Gardeners’ silk banner c.1820 and shows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

It is the gift of Richard Moon and has been conserved with a grant from the Stuart Heath Charitable Trust and a donation from Miss Anne Burt. The Museum is very grateful both to the Trust and to Miss Burt.