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A Company of Pleasures: garden renaissance at Hatfield House

Marion Marples

This exhibition brings together some of the permanent collection of tools,and garden objects with the genius of the Dowager Lady Salisbury, who is renowned for her gardens at both Hatfield House and in Lambeth.

She shares these passions with the John Tradescants, father and son, who imported many new plants into England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Their garden known as The Ark in South Lambeth Road was a nursery for many of the plants used by them in their positions of Head Gardeners to James I and Charles I and to the Cecil family of Hatfield.

The Museum's beautiful formal knot garden, recreated over 30 years by Lady Salisbury, using some of the over 50 varieties of flame tulip collected by the Tradescants, is looking particularly good in the bright spring sunshine. Another joy is the interactive smelly exhibit to remind us how gardeners use smell and texture to create special spaces.

There is extra bird song to accompany your visit and for local interest look out for the small tub of Magic Slug and Snail Powder promising 'One taste and they are dead'. This miracle product was made by Corry & Co in Shad Thames.

Museum of Garden History

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