Re: [gardeners] Museum of Garden History website (
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 07:11:34 -0500

And the URL is?


At 10:03 PM 26-03-98 -0800, you wrote:
>I just happened to stumble into the website for my favorite small London
>museum, the Museum of Garden History/Tradescant Trust, located in Lambeth,
>across the river from Parliament.  It's a tiny museum, housed in a former
>church, featuring a knot garden and the graves of several prominent
>people, including Capt. Bligh, of breadfruit and Mutiny on the Bounty fame
>(there's a photo of his tomb, complete with breadfruit finial), the tomb
>of the Tradescant family, noted collectors of natural history objects and
>world travelers... gardeners who gave us such garden plants as
>Tradescantia (spiderwort), Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine), tulip
>tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, etc., Elias Ashemole, who used the
>Tradescant collection of "junque" to found the Ashemolean museum of
>Oxford, and many others.
>There are some nice photos there of old garden tools (alas, the links
>to the seed packet photos seems to be busted), the garden, the Bligh
>and Tradescant tomb, and the window of the pedlar and his dog, "The
>luck of Lambeth".
>If you're a history buff or a gardener, stop by.  And if you're
>in London, check out some of their programs and lectures... lots
>of fun!
>Kay Lancaster
>just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8