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Talk | Polly Nicholson: The Tulip Garden

Join us to celebrate the launch of organic flower grower and florist Polly Nicholson’s 'The Tulip Garden', a lavishly illustrated tribute to tulips published by Phaidon.

The Tulip Garden is an introduction to growing and collecting tulips, set against the backdrop of Polly’s beautiful Wiltshire garden, with expert tips and advice for gardeners.

From wild, species tulips to old Dutch cultivars, as well as English Florists’, and the ever-popular annual garden tulips, Polly combines the flower’s rich cultural history with practical growing advice, based on her personal horticultural experience.

An essential reference for tulip lovers, florists, and gardeners, with newly commissioned photography by Andrew Montgomery, The Tulip Garden is an inspirational resource, while also tapping into the zeitgeist for sustainable flowers and organic gardening. Polly will be introduced and joined for a Q&A by floral designer Shane Connolly.

The book will be available to purchase from the museum shop.


  • Polly Nicholson

    Polly Nicholson

    Specialist flower grower and tulip expert, Polly Nicholson is the owner of Bayntun Flowers in Wiltshire – growers of organic flowers cultivated in walled gardens and a one-acre field at the foot of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. Nicholson holds the National Collection of Tulipa (Historic) with Plant Heritage, and has featured on BBC Gardener’s World, Radio 4, in Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The World of Interiors, and House & Garden.

  • Shane Connolly

    Shane Connolly

    Shane is a floral designer, international speaker, and author of five books. He champions sustainability in the Floral Industry. Shane works with the RHS to improve sustainability in floristry in their annual shows, and is also a judge at RHS Chelsea. He has written five books and teaches his approach to flower design all over the world.

Image: Annual Tulips in the Flower Field. Photography by Andrew Montgomery