San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Saturday 29 June
Lisa Jardine on Francis Bacon
Diana Athill on gardening in old age
Hugh Cavendish on a Time to Plant
Sunday 30 June
Adam Nicolson on Arcadia
Sarah Raven on Vita Sackville-West
Louisa Young on Raindrops on Roses
Katherine Swift on The Morville Hours
Hugh Johnson on being Trad
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.