Magazine article Geographical

Out and About

Magazine article Geographical

Out and About

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Lisa Aldwinckle takes us on a guided tour of London's Museum of Garden History

Only a few steps away from Lambeth Bridge you can leave behind the thunder of London traffic and enter the surprisingly tranquil haven of St Mary-at-Lambeth Church. Inside you will find the Museum of Garden History. Carefully arranged beneath the lofty rafters of the Victorian structure is an eclectic display of gardening memorabilia and a history of the founding fathers of plant exploration. Between them they gathered hundreds of plant species from around the world -- including many found in British gardens to this day.

The history of the church is closely tied to gardening. Father and son John Tradescant and John junior, both British naturalists, lived in the parish of St Mary's church. Both were also gardeners to Charles I and II, and shared a passion for overseas expeditions to collect plants and other rare curiosities. They visited many regions -- Africa, North America and Russia to name but a few -- and on one particular trip to France, John the elder exchanged plants with royal French gardeners Jean Robin and his son Vespasien. John's fascination with the rare and unusual was not restricted to botanical finds. …

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