More About The Garden Museum and the Tradescants

The Garden Museum at Lambeth
The Garden Museum, housed in the ancient church of St. Mary at Lambeth, will reopen in 2017 after a £7.5 million restoration project. Since it closed its doors in October 2015, it has been impossible to imagine what is going on behind the hoardings[sic] on Lambeth Road and what might emerge when the museum reopens in early 2017.

The renovated Museum will open with an extensive exhibition to celebrate the Tradescants father and son, gardeners to King Charles I and II, whose magnificent tomb in St Mary’s churchyard inspired the foundation of the Garden Museum.

The Tradescants at Lambeth
John Tradescant (1580 – 1638) was celebrated for his ability to grow fruits, and at Lambeth he planted an orchard of new and rare varieties. The botanist John Parkinson wrote of plums that, "the choysest for goodnesse, and rarest for knowledge, are to be had of my very good friend Master John Tradescante, who hath wonderfully laboured to obtaine all the rarest fruits hee can heare off in any place of Christendome, Turky, yea or the whole world".

The Tradescants' collection of art and natural history, known as the Tradescant Ark, was one of the great wonders of London. The Garden Museum will re-open in Spring 2017 with an exciting recreation of the Ark.

Photo of an English stone church with a sign for the Garden Museum.
The Tradescant's Orchard Garden Museum. Photo credit: By Rosakoalaglitzereinhorn (Own work)[CC BY-SA3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.