1 May 2014

The Garden Museum

A little gem of a place in a converted church, next to Lambeth Palace on the South Bank, London.

Flowers and gardens have always been a source of inspiration but I was particularly interested in a special exhibition curated by Nicola Shulman, writer, historian and Trustee of the Garden Museum, titled 'Fashion and Gardens'.  Exploring the relationship between fashion and garden design from the age of Elizabeth I to London Fashion week this year, the exhibition had beautiful examples of heavily embroidered royal court costume and household items. Philip Treacy, contemporary miliner had loaned a quirky orchid shaped hat and Valentino's evening cape, inspired by wrought iron gates took centre stage.  

Unfortunately no photos of the exhibition but the ones I have included show the museum and the fabulous ceiling of flowers suspended from wires.  Upstairs provides a resource of historical garden equipment and images illustrating social change and how this has affected the garden 

Must mention the fabulous vegetarian cafe and the delightful garden, a little oasis in busy London!  Jen