Talk | Alice Vincent:
Why Women Grow

We are delighted to host the official launch of Alice Vincent’s new book Why Women Grow, a major narrative exploration of the relationship between women and the soil.

The book was borne of a determination to tell the stories that have too-frequently been buried in the earth for centuries. Over the course of two, largely locked-down years, Alice visited the gardens and growing spaces of 45 women from all walks of life. Why Women Grow is a collection of these conversations, along with Alice’s own personal journey as she contemplates a new phase of life.

She will be joined on-stage by two women from the book, herbologist and chef Maya Thomas, Medical Herbalist and Ayurvedic Practitioner Anne McIntyre and gardener and creator of Decolonise the Garden, Sui Searle, to discuss the reasons why women go to ground.

Tues 28 Feb, 7pm
Standard £20, Friends / Young Fronds £15
Book add-on available

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Film | Lucian Freud: Wasteground, Paddington (1970)

The view from the window at 227 Gloucester Terrace in London was far from bucolic. Painted when the artist was in his late 40s, this abandoned garden in Paddington—then a rundown and densely populated area just north of Hyde Park—captures a story of human and plant resilience. Guest Curator Giovanni Aloi shares what we can learn from this unconventional l garden painting.

Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits is open until 5 March
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William Pamplin:
Nurseryman of Lavender Hill

By Thomas Rutter

Former Horticultural Trainee at the Garden Museum, Thomas became curious about William Pamplin when he discovered his diaries in the Museum’s Archive. The full article ‘William Pamplin: Nurseryman of Lavender Hill’ appeared in The London Gardener journal (v26).

William Pamplin (1765-1844) is today not a name known to most. Yet he was once a celebrated nurseryman acquainted with some of the leading lights in the horticultural world. Pamplin’s diaries, donated to the Garden Museum Archive, cover the period 1827–1841 and paint a vivid picture of the life and times of a Regency nurseryman.

On the expiry of his lease on the Pine Apple Nursery in c.1826 on the Kings Road, Pamplin moved his enterprise south of the Thames to what Robert Sweet described as ‘the more airy and healthy situation of Lavender-hill, in the Wandsworth-road, at a pleasant distance from London, and where the choice herbaceous, and other plants, may be expected to thrive much better than nearer the smoke of the metropolis’.

Pamplin’s diaries describe not only his growing and purveying of plants but document a range of activities that suggest that metropolitan nurserymen were imaginative and resourceful at a time of great horticultural extravagance…

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A New Season of Cooking Masterclasses

Got a new year’s resolution up to up your cooking game? Join us in our Learning Studio kitchen for a hands-on cooking masterclass! Hosted by expert food writers and chefs, the sessions include tastings or a full meal eaten together depending on the course. All profits from our cooking masterclass series help to cover food costs for our community programmes.

Coming up this season:

Fermentation with Claire Heal | Sun 19 Feb
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Vegetarian Feast with Zita Steyn | Sun 19 March
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Borough Market: The Knowledge with Angela Clutton | Sun 30 April
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Herbs with Rachel Davies | Sun 21 May
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£90 per person, includes all ingredients

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Happy New Year!

The Garden Museum will be open again from Monday 9 January, and we look forward to welcoming you back this year.

But before we get digging into 2023, over on Instagram we’re celebrating some of our highlights from the past twelve months, from show-stopping floral design for British Flowers Week to talking compost at our Spring Plant Fair, and luxuriating in the glamour and beauty of roses.

See our 2022 highlights
Images: Why Women Grow illustration courtesy of Canongate; Fermentation jars (c) Claire Heal; British Flowers Week 2022 (c) Graham Lacdao
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