Musaeum Tradescantianum 1656
South London by Anthony Gross 1935
The Museum looks after a unique collection of around 6,000 objects, amassed over the last three decades and continuing to grow. Objects spanning 400 years of gardening in Britain, from tools to artists’ impressions, each represent the history, culture or design of gardens. Grand country house gardens and small back yards are all represented; rare and precious objects have been collected alongside the more familiar and everyday ephemera. The collection paints a broad and revealing picture of the changing ideas, technologies and passions of the British garden.
Our collection includes objects and ephemera, and increasingly artworks representing gardens and gardeners. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to collect a number of beautiful and fascinating artwork, which you can find out more about on our Collecting Cultures webpage
At the moment we only have exhibition space to display a small portion of the collection. Our plans for the development of the Garden Museum include greatly improved space to display more art and artefacts in a new exhibition of the collection, scheduled for 2017. You can read about our plans for the future here