Garden Museum Spring Plant Fair 2024

Company: The Garden Museum

The Garden Museum’s annual Spring Plant Fair returns on Sunday 14 April, gathering specialist plant nurseries and growers from around the country for a day of plant shopping, talks and workshops for city gardeners. Stalls will include Great Dixter Nursery and Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens, providing a rare opportunity for Londoners to shop garden plants grown by these beloved and historic nurseries.

This popular plant fair has been held at the Garden Museum for over forty years, celebrating the arrival of spring and the start of the gardening calendar. From shade specialists to plants for pollinators, meet the growers and pick their brains on what will flourish in your garden, balcony or allotment. Further stalls will include specialist growers such as Moore & Moore Plants, The Kew Plantsman, Zophian Plants, Benton irises from Vegelicious of Hadleigh and Friends of Arnold Circus.

This year’s fair will also feature a programme of talks and workshops on growing flowery annuals, seed sowing and increasing wildlife and biodiversity in small spaces, as well as a cookery demo and tasting in our studio kitchen.

Programme curated with garden designer Susanna Grant, founder of Hackney-based shade specialist plant shop Hello There Linda. Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.


Willow Climber Making
Have a go at making your own willow plant climber to take home. You will learn about the different types of willow to use, two different styles of weaving and aftercare. Weaving is calming, therapeutic and productive so come and join us in the wonderfully Dan Pearson-designed Healing Garden in Old Paradise Gardens across the road from the Garden Museum for a couple of hours of obelisk weaving.

Worm Compost Bins
Amy Chapman from @inthecottagegarden shows how to use worms to turn food waste into compost. Using recycled materials, you can create your own worm farm to help break down food scraps into an amazing nutrient-dense soil enhancer for your garden.

Zophian Plants on setting up a nursery of drought-tolerant perennials
Toby Shuall left London for East Sussex in 2020 with four van loads of plants to begin his long time desire to open a nursery. Inspired by his observations of the drought tolerance of certain plants left to fend for themselves in neglected parks, he started propagate at home in Peckham. Zophian Plants now grow a unique collection of adaptable perennials, all grown in peat-free, sand-based mediums, that can cope with changing conditions, especially drought.

Benny Hawksbee on Plants for Solitary Bees
The importance of plants for pollinators in urban environments is vital. This talk will help you understand which plants to choose, the wide variety of pollinators, the importance of providing food and habitat for solitary bees and a basic solitary bee ID so you can spot any that come to your garden.

Starting Seeds Workshop
Often the sowing of these tiny pips gets unnecessarily overcomplicated. Let’s go over the basics of effective sourcing, seed sowing, pricking out, growing on, and saving seeds plus take home a small pot of seeded joy. Essential for anyone who wants to start growing, even in a tiny space, or just to refresh yourself with the fundamentals of successful sowing.

About the Garden Museum
The Garden Museum explores and celebrates the art, history and design of British gardens and their place in our lives today.

Visitors will discover the stories of great gardeners through a permanent collection of artefacts and tools from gardening throughout history alongside botanical art, photography, and paintings exploring how and why we garden. Exhibitions, events, and community projects delve into art, architecture, plant science, food, sustainability, well-being and more, all through the lens of gardening.

Housed in the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, the Garden Museum contains the burial place of John Tradescant, an early gardener and plant hunter. To preserve his tomb, the Garden Museum was founded by Rosemary Nicholson, an admirer of Tradescant, in 1977. At the heart of the Museum is a sheltered courtyard garden designed by Dan Pearson as an ‘Eden’ of rare plants.

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