Time to freshen up your garden for summer? Our annual Spring Plant Fair has got you covered with specialist nurseries from all over the country selling everything from plants for pollinators and rare grasses and perennials, to shade-lovers and edible plants.
Talks and activities also included in your ticket:
🌿11am – Tips and tricks for making your own compost
🌿11.30am – Planted too many seeds this season? Bring your extras to our seed and sprout swap! Hosted by Herboo
🌿12pm – Susanna Grant of Hello There Linda on planting in the shade
🌿1.30pm – Growing for bees workshop
🌿2pm – Errol Reuben Fernandes, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman Museum, on planting sustainably in a changing climate
Sunday 24 April, 10am – 5pm
£10 Standard, £5 Friends
Opening this week!
Dana Westring | Tirthas: Thin Places
This new exhibition is the first opportunity to see the remarkable watercolours and drawings of American artist Dana Westring in the UK.
Tirthas: Thin Places will show a group of landscapes which are the result of Dana’s extensive annual travel in Southeast Asia, and of his artistic practice and research among the sacred architecture of Hindu temples and other Indian structures. Thin Places is a translation of the Hindu word tirthas, which means a place of pilgrimage, and the cultivation of truth, knowledge and spirituality – literally a thin place, a higher plain.
Ahead of Dana Westring’s new exhibition Tirthas: Thin Places opening on 27 April, we share the following extract from his accompanying book:
“When I was a boy, there was a gentle old lady in the little town on the plains where I grew up. She had never married and had inherited a chunk of rich farmland when her father died. She had been his cook, housekeeper, and companion, and when he was gone, in her middle age she decided she would see the world. She discovered an intrepid traveler within herself and began planning journeys to far-off exotic places…”
Inspired by the exhibition ‘Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose’ this sweet masterclass with chef and food writer Melek Erdal will explore the use of flavouring desserts with rose and rose water in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Learn how to make phyllo pastry recipes such as rose water infused syrup baklavas with almonds, walnuts or pistachio shaped a variety of ways, kataifi with rose water and sour cherry, plus Rose petal jam which is synonymous with Istanbul. At the end of the class you’ll sample or take home everything you’ve made.
Tues 8 May, 10.45am – 2pm
£90, includes all ingredients
Object of the Week:
Nicole Groult Evening Dress, c.1920
Modernist and romantic – these were the two routes fashion took after the First World War. Pictured centre, this early 1920s silk taffeta evening dress by Nicole Groult is something of a hybrid, with embroidered roses clearly expressing a romantic style.
The dress is an example of a robe de style, which were popular in the 1920s and characterised by a full skirt. With extensive use of scalloping and flower ornamentation – notably rounded Art Deco style rose – it also references 18th century designs. Virginia Woolf was a client of this leading Parisian haute couturière.
Images: Plant Fair 2019 by Graham Lacdao; Garden Museum courtyard by Ollie Tomlinson; Tirthas paintings courtesy of Dana Westring; Baklava courtesy of Melek Erdal; Nicole Groult dress in Fashioning the Rose by Graham Lacdao
Garden Museum 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB gardenmuseum.org.uk