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Our Plot: Ten Years of Allotmenteering
Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Cleve West is the winner of Best in Show at Chelsea 2011 and has six RHS gold medals to his name. He is also a true allotmenteer, heading off to get his hands dirty whenever he can. To celebrate the publication of Our Plot, his first book, Cleve will join Christopher Woodward in conversation about the ten years on his allotment and what he's learnt about growing, communities and cooking.
The Garden Café will be open for drinks, dinner and warm puddings before and after the talks. No pre-booking required.
Please note that the Museum is located in a deconsecrated stone church which is very difficult to heat on an autumn evening. It might be a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothing if the weather turns a bit colder.
When & Where
The Garden Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s which is the burial place of John Tradescant (c1570 – 1638), the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago.
In 2008 the interior was transformed into a centre for exhibitions and events by the construction of contemporary gallery spaces. Three exhibitions each year explore the making of British gardens, and a programme of over 30 talks and interviews celebrates heroes and heroines from the forgotten plant-hunters and gardeners of the past to the designers and writers in fashion today. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.