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MUSEUM OF GARDEN HISTORY


THE Museum of Garden History is in the historic former church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, where the Tradescant family tomb can be seen in the garden.

John Tradescant the elder (c1570-1638) and his son, John (1608-1662), were gardeners to Charles I and II, enthusiastic collectors of curiosities and adventurous plant hunters.  They introduced many flowers, shrubs and trees from Africa, Europe, Russia and North America. 

Many of the plants grown today can be traced back to introductions made by the Tradescants and other plant hunters.
The Museum was founded in 1977 to save the building from demolition and create the world’s first museum of garden history. 

Years of hard work and fund raising resulted in a beautifully restored building and an extensive museum collection.

St. Mary-at-Lambeth and the local area are steeped in history.  Memorials in the building include those to Captain Bligh of the Bounty and the Sealy family of Coade stone fame. 

Appeal funds will be used to provide more detailed information about the history of the site and surrounding area.

The 17th century style knot garden is a peaceful haven, full of plants traced back to that period.  Fine topiary adds structure to the garden and old roses, herbaceous perennials, annuals and bulbs provide colour and scent in summer.

The Museum’s cafe serves refreshments and light lunches.  A wide range of gifts, books, plants and garden related products can be purchased in the gift shop.



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