Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Garden Museum - Central London, Lambeth

Tucked away opposite the Houses of Parliament is a magical place with the feeling of a secret garden. This garden had a warmth and spirituality to it that many places try to replicate but was inherent in this space due to its history and setting.

The Garden Museum is set in an old church that gives the space a sense of antiquity and creates a dramatic backdrop for a garden. The reason it is set here is because this church houses the tomb of one of the first famous British gardeners John Tradescant and his equally horticulturally minded son. The tomb itself is a carved masterpiece and was re-carved in 1853 although the tomb has been in this place since 1662.

The garden in the old grave yard is laid out in the style of a 17th century knot garden so as to reflect the style of gardens that the Tradescants would have created and collected plants for from around the world. The plants inside the knots are species that the Tradescants introduced and discovered. You may have heard of a plant called Tradescantia that was named after them.

One plant that was looking elegant and beautiful in an otherwise still wintery garden was the Amelanchier. It was covered in delicate blossoms and I think it is a great tree for a small garden.

It is not normal when visiting gardens that I would come away with so many pictures of the indoors but this place was as magical inside as it was outside. While some of the displays of old garden tools may not inspire all but the hardiest of horticulturalists; the space as a whole looked quirky and interesting within its gothic setting. 


  1. thanks for a virtual visit to the garden museum - great pics, which I think really reflect its jewel-like qualities. An amelanchier...hmm. Have you been to Ham House lately? Was there on Friday and the kitchen garden is looking lovely - peonies are ready to pop into abundant blossom.

    1. Hi Tanja.

      Thanks for looking at my blog, I'm glad you liked my pictures. No I haven't been to Ham House but thanks for the tip, I will defo make a visit there.