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Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Garden Museum in Lambeth on Wednesday morning to open a new exhibition charting the history of the cut flower trade.

Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
Sir David Brewer, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, greeted the Duchess as she arrived at the museum
Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
The Duchess met members of the gardening club at Vauxhall Primary School
Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
The Duchess inspected the cakes on offer at the museum's vegetarian Garden Cafe
Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
The Duchess received a posy of flowers and a painting by Charlotte Verity
Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
Museum director Christopher Woodward showed the Duchess the Tradescant family tomb
Duchess of Cornwall visits Garden Museum
Christopher Woodward led the Duchess through the churchyard of St Mary-at-Lambeth

The Garden Museum is based in the former church of St Mary-at-Lambeth next to Lambeth Palace.

The Duchess was invited to the museum by its director Christopher Woodward who had previously met her on a bus tour of guerrilla gardens in South London.

The new exhibition Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money tells the story of the cut flower trade from the 17th century to the present day.

The Duchess met children from Vauxhall Primary School's gardening club which forms part of the museum's community outreach programme.

During the visit she enjoyed a cup of tea from the vegetarian Garden Cafe.

The royal visitor was shown a model of the museum's planned development of new exhibition space inside and outside the former church building.

As she left the museum she received a posy of flowers and was presented with a painting by Charlotte Verity, a former artist-in-residence at the museum.

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