Gardens and War

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Gardens and War will explore the role played by gardening and growing during the Great War. Less well-known in our history of the war is the role played by horticulture at the Front and indeed in the trenches of both armies. Market gardening also took place in PoW camps and in internment camps as well as home.

We will explore how planting and garden-making introduced beauty into a world of horror. We will also look at the importance of flowers as symbols of home and of remembrance. The exhibition will feature poppies from Flanders and the extraordinary collection of pressed flowers collected by “an incurable romantic” soldier sent to fight in the Balkans and sent home.

At home, floral shrines on the streets led to the establishment of a huge a memorial in Hyde Park in August 1918. Intended as a temporary structure it was kept in place for well over a year and led to the establishment of the Cenotaph in London.

The exhibition will open on 24th September 2014 and run until 5th January 2015.


Venue Details & Map

The Garden Museum

Lambeth Palace Road
+44 (0)20 7401 8865
Public transport:
Walk towards the London Eye, turn left and continue walking along the Embankment until Lambeth Palace.
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app

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