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The Garden Museum and Cafe to reopen after lockdown

The Garden Museum - the Sackler Garden and extension
The Garden Museum - the Sackler Garden and extension

London’s iconic venue welcomes back visitors from Saturday, July 4

The Garden Museum and Cafe will reopen to the public after lockdown on Saturday, July 4 from – 10.30am to 5pm every day.

The museum, on Lambeth Palace Road, will open with the much anticipated new exhibition Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon. All visitors, including Friends of the Garden Museum, must book a ticket online in advance, which will include timed entry to the exhibition.

In the gallery, designer Jeremy Herbert has recreated the rooms of Jarman’s iconic fisherman’s cottage to display Jarman’s paintings and sculptures, and artifacts from his gardening life.

Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage circa 1990. Picture; Howard Sooley
Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage circa 1990. Picture; Howard Sooley

Book timed slots in advance

Visitor numbers inside are limited because of social distancing, so you must book a half-hour slot. Before and after your time slot in the exhibition, you can spend as much time as you like exploring the rest of the museum and garden.

There is a new online booking system in place. If you have any technical problems, try placing your order in a different web browser.

Before you visit read the Visitors’ Charter and Q&As to ensure your visit to the museum is safe and enjoyable.

The airy mix of modern and ancient in The Garden Museum
The airy mix of modern and ancient in The Garden Museum

Garden Cafe

The Garden Cafe will be open but only for takeaway to begin with. Head Chef George Ryle has created a menu of seasonal salads and sandwiches on homemade focaccia.

Fresh bread, pastries and cakes will be baked every morning and there’ll be a small selection of take-home dishes. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available along with cold beer and natural wine by the glass.

Canna x chemanii, Equisetum (barred horsetail) and Geranium White Ness
Canna x chemanii, Equisetum (barred horsetail) and Geranium White Ness, The Garden Museum, London

Public appeal to save museum

Donations have enabled the museum to reopen and host the Derek Jarman exhibition. However, the appeal continues, as £370,000 needs to be raised by the end of this financial year in order to stay open and to get the programmes of education, public events, research, and future exhibitions started again.

In September, Director Christopher Woodward is swimming the 50 miles from the artists’ colony of Newlyn in Cornwall to the gardeners’ paradise of Tresco to raise funds.

If you’d like to sponsor him, visit www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.

For my review of The Garden Museum, click here.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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