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Garden Museum

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

The Garden Museum (formerly the Museum of Garden History) aims to become the leading national venue for exhibitions and debate on gardens and garden design. The museum covers the whole range of gardening, from royal gardens to allotments. The Garden’s focal point is the beautiful 17th Century inspired knot garden, which creates the perfect romantic setting for wedding photography.

The rediscovery of the tomb of 17th century plant hunters, the John Tradescants, in the churchyard of St Mary-at-Lambeth led John and Rosemary Nicholson to save the church from demolition and found the Museum of Garden History in 1977. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening.

The museum's main gallery is the main body of the church. The collection comprises three main categories: tools, ephemera and a library. The tool collection includes items purchased at auction and donations from individuals and horticultural companies. The ephemera includes items such as prints, photographs, bills, catalogues and brochures, and gives an insight into the social history of gardening as well as the practical aspects of the subject. The library of historical and contemporary books is accessible to anyone who pays the subscription to join the "friends of the museum".

The museum reopened its doors in November 2008 having undergone a dramatic transformation. The new design includes the first gallery in Britain for exhibitions in garden design.

Situated by the River Thames and next to Lambeth Palace, The Garden Museum provides the perfect location for wedding receptions, corporate events and dinners. The Museum’s garden provides a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of central London and is an ideal setting for a pre-dinner drinks reception or a barbeque.

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Contact details for the Garden Museum tel: 020 7401 8865, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm, email: [email protected].

The Museum, Garden and Cafe are open: Sunday to Friday 10.30am - 5pm, Saturdays 10.30am - 4pm, the museum is closed on the first Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays).

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