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The City That Sold the Sun

Creeping buttercups, oxeye daises, field poppies, yarrow, lavender, daffodils, sedum, verbena, sunflowers and paeonies are some of the flowers which will vanish from London’s parks if a proposal by the Greater London Authority to allow over-shadowing by high-rise buildings becomes official policy for the city. 
On Monday 21st March 2022, the spring equinox, we released our publication ‘The City that Sold the Sun’, as part of our campaign to protect outdoor spaces from being overshadowed by tall buildings.

We are grateful to the National Garden Scheme who has funded the publication which includes contributions from:

  • Sue Stuart-Smith – psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and author of The Well-Gardened Mind
  • Mathew Frith – Director of Policy & Research at London Wildlife Trust
  • Dr Sam Everington – Professor and GP
  • Samia Qureshi – Garden Museum Science Learning Officer
Read ‘The City That Sold the Sun’
Watch this explanation of our sunlight for London campaign – presented by London Assembly Member for the Green Party Sian Berry, Garden Museum Director Christopher Woodward, Director of Policy & Research at London Wildlife Trust Mathew Frith, and George Plumptre, CEO of the National Gardens Scheme.

Exhibition catalogue available now!

Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose

The rose and fashion are inextricably entwined. Roses, like fashion, are a luxury and they are ephemeral. They are both ‘shown’ seasonally, their appeal is multi-sensorial, and they each incite passion and obsession.

This accompanying catalogue to our new exhibition Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose is written by curator Amy de la Haye and set designer Simon Costin. Discover how artists, designers and writers throughout history have explored the symbolism of this fragrant flower and its deterrent thorns – a conjunction of opposites – to draw out illusions to love, beauty, death, gender and sexuality, sin, and rites of passage. Illustrated with images of the fashion, photography and floral ephemera shown in the exhibition.

£20 (plus postage)

Order your copy

Livestream this week
Marian Boswall: Sustainable Garden

Join us for a talk with landscape architect Marian Boswall to celebrate the launch of her new book Sustainable Garden, in conversation with garden designer and BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Arit Anderson.

In Sustainable Garden, Marian walks us through the process of creating and managing a sustainable outdoor space, offering insights and projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle: whether it’s by harnessing natural energy, converting to peat-free compost, reducing your consumption of plastic, saving seeds or creating garden areas from reclaimed materials.

Tickets to attend in person are now sold out, but the event will be livestreamed online to enjoy from home! Those who book the livestream can either watch live or enjoy the recording later at a time that suits you. 

Tues 29 March, 7pm
£10 livestream only

Book tickets

Vogue: ‘The Garden Museum’s Wild & Cultivated Exhibition Is A Potted History Of The Rose In Fashion’

‘There is perhaps no flower on earth that holds more symbolism – and more fashion influence – than the rose, as the Garden Museum’s latest exhibition makes beautifully clear.’

Curator Amy de la Haye picks six fabulous fashion highlights of our new exhibition Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose in this interview with Vogue.

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Object of the Week: The Perfect Watering Can (1897)

We can’t help but wonder why this didn’t catch on! This advert published in 1897 in The Horticultural List extols the virtues of an inventive new watering can, with which “a bed fifteen feet in diameter can be watered with the greatest ease without treading on the soil”.

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Images: The City That Sold the Sun photo by Rachel Warne; Primrose Archer Dressed In Flowers From My Garden, Hackney © Tim Walker Studio; Sustainable Gardens book cover courtesy of Marian Boswall; ‘The Perfect Watering Can’, Garden Museum Collection
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