Housed in the ancient church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, the oldest structure in the London Borough of Lambeth, there is the Museum of Garden History to celebrate British gardens and gardening.
Thankfully to Rosemary Nicholson who was the driving force behind the salvation of this hidden gem we can still admire both the church and its treasuries. Shocked to discover the church in readiness for demolition, she established the Tradescant Trust to rescue and repair the church converted into the world’s first Museum of Garden History.
In the churchyard of St Mary’s, there is still the magnificent tomb of both John Tradescant the Elder and his son the younger, naturalists, collectors, travelers and gardeners of many English royal family members (such as Henrietta Maria “the rose and lily queen” of Charles I).
A garden of pleasure for you…