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EXHIBITION: HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
How Does Your Garden Grow? celebrates gardeners through a collection of 400 objects, ranging from tools, letters, journals, furniture and trophies to photographs, paintings, prints and graphic design, all representing the evolution of gardening over the century.
The exhibition has been organised in partnership with London's Garden Museum (currently closed for refurbishment), with the items on display coming from the museum's own collection. It will take place at Hall Place, a stunning Tudor house on the banks of the River Cray in Bexley, run by Bexley Heritage Trust.
The exhibition is broken down in five fascinating sections:
The Gardener - The exhibition begins by looking at the life of the gardener and how that role has evolved, from the rise of the jobbing gardener at the turn of the century, to the professionalisation of gardeners at the latter end of the century.
The Nursery - Next is a look at the history of the garden nursery, focusing on Elphick's, which traded in Sussex for 180 years. It examines the great attention to detail Elphick's paid to its graphic design and branding, throughout the C20th.
Tools - A look at their development over the century, displayed in a garden shed-like room, the collection ranges from clippers, spades and mowers, to an example of the evolution from a rare copper watering can to contemporary Ikea plastic waterers.
People and Design - A fascinating selection of objects owned by celebrated gardeners, horticulturists and garden designers. Items include Gertrude Jekyll's desk and some letters, gardener and broadcaster Geoff Hamilton's spade (on loan from current owner, Adam Frost of Gardener's World), and a red Uniqlo jumper owned by Alan Titchmarsh.
Photographs - The final section of the exhibition, a presentation of 500 images of gardens and gardeners of all types, taken by garden lovers throughout the century.
Special events during the exhibition include a guided tour by Garden Museum Curator Emma House, and a talk by Tom Hart Dyke, detailing the time from his kidnap in Columbia while plant hunting, through to creating the 'world' in his back garden in Kent.
The How Does Your Garden Grow? exhibition is running until 4 September 2016, at Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ. It runs daily from 10am to 5pm, and admission is £10 for adults and £8 for under 16s.
For more information, and details of concessionary and family admission prices, please visit the Hall Place - How Does Your Garden Grow