Garden Museum

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The Garden Museum's permanent display includes a collection of antique tools exploring garden history. Temporary exhibitions and events also take place throughout the year. Outside, in the recreation of a seventeenth-century knot garden planted in honour of John Tradescant, intrepid plant hunter and gardener to Charles I, are the tombs of the Tradescants and Admiral Bligh of the Bounty. Topiaries, old roses, herbaceous perennials and bulbs give year-round interest, and most plants are labelled with their country of origin and year of introduction to the UK. 

Venue name: Garden Museum
Address: St Mary-at-Lambeth
Lambeth Palace Rd
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 10.30am-5pm; Sat 10.30am-4pm.
Transport: Tube: Lambeth North/Waterloo/Westminster
Price: £7.50, £6.50 seniors, £3 students, free under-16s, unemployed and carers. Adm when there is no temporary exhibition: £5/£4/£3
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Went to Garden Museum to see exhibition 'Gnome and Away' to find that most were away. The ten, it may have been less, that were there were lined up in a casket. It was also confusing that it was a part of another exhibition that was a mishmash of all sorts of things including a jumper donated by Alan Titchmarsh. All of this stuff in one room didn't take very long to go around. Though it is housed in a fabulous building and I understand that the place will be closed soon for major refurbishment, so for now seems to be open halfheartedly just to raise money. The garden also seemed to look sorry for itself but maybe it seems better in the summer months, that is if you can get pass all the scattered graves.

It could be an interesting place to visit if organised better. Maybe I'll go back when it re-opens in 2017 but right now it's left a poor impression on me so maybe not.


A peaceful haven in Zone 1, this small but well-run museum covers the history of Gardens & Gardening - not a subject I thought I'd be particularly interested in but there's some fascinating items and it's all in the beautiful space of St Mary-at-Lambeth church (which was due to be demolished until the museum took it on).  The Cafe and Garden is free to enter if you don't want to look around the exhibitions.

The perfect place to go if you want to avoid the bustle of Central London without heading too far.  It's apparently getting some major renovation/expansion so will be closed for the next 2 years after October 2015.