19 March – 4th September 2016
How Does Your Garden Grow? celebrates gardeners and, through some 700 objects, tells their story throughout the twentieth century. Showcasing the ephemera of jobbing gardeners along with items owned by distinguished garden personalities such as Gertrude Jeykll, the exhibition looks at the evolution of gardening through tools, letters, journals, furniture, paintings, prints, graphic design, photographs and trophies. Organised by London’s Garden Museum, which is currently closed for refurbishment, the exhibition is selected from the museum’s own collection.
Our How Does Your Garden Grow? exhibition is located in the historic house. Entrance is included in the admission ticket to the house. The exhibition is open every day from 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
19 May, 2.30pm
Garden Museum Curator Emma House leads a tour of the exhibition. Open to all, but entry to the house required.
15 June 7.30pm
Tales of a Modern Day Plant Hunter
Talk by Tom Hart Dyke
Tom Hart Dyke tells of his kidnap in a Columbian jungle while on a plant hunting expedition in 2000 and how, since his release from captivity, he has created the ‘world’ in his back garden at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.
Join our Head of Estates on this walk to explore our inspirational and award winning gardens. Followed by a hot drink and a slice of cake in the café.
(2.30pm, meet in the Visitor Centre. Tickets in advance. £12 per person)
Tune in via Twitter for a tour of the exhibition.
8pm @bexleyheritage #YourGarden
Bud to Bloom
19 March – 4 September
(Silver Organism #5 2001, Junko Mori, Crafts Council Collection M72 – Photo Nick Moss)
Bud to Bloom presents contemporary craft works inspired by the natural world and life-cycle of plants, selected from the Craft Council Collection.
The shapes, patterning, materials and colours of the works in Bud to Bloom have been influenced by plants, flowers and fruit in playful, creative and experimental ways.
Works include delicate textiles, intricate sculptural objects and beautiful ceramics from leading UK makers and artists including glassmaker Angela Jarman and silversmith David Clarke.
(Sadly we are unable to display Michael Brennand-Wood’s triptych as part of this exhibition, owing to space limitations.)