The Museum of the Home, formerly the Geffrye Museum of the Home, in London has announced it will reopen its doors in the summer along with six newly replanted gardens.
The museum will introduce year-round access to their popular Gardens Through Time, which includes gardens ranging from the Tudor period through to Georgian and Edwardian periods as well as a contemporary, eco-friendly roof garden.
Walled Herb Garden at the Museum of the Home featuring over 170 varieties of plants which have domestic uses. Museum of the Home/ Jane Lloyd
The gardens will be replanted by Dominic Cole Landscape Architects and are inspired by urban gardens through time. Each of the six gardens will show visitors how people of the past interacted with their natural environment; from the practical, produce gardens of the Stuarts to the colourful, floral gardens of the Victorians, you can walk through hundreds of years of gardening history in a single afternoon. Visitors will also be able to see an example of a garden for the future; the museum’s new roof garden will include plants that require minimal watering, with shallow roots that can thrive in limited soil.
With double the room for collections, exhibitions and events, The Museum of the Home will provide greater space for visitors to observe the ways we live now and to consider the ways we will live in the future.
Museum of the Home development showing the new Home Galleries on the lower ground floor and Collections Library on the first floor. Courtesy of Wright Architects LLP © Courtesy of Wright Architects LLP
The project is still in its fundraising stage, with £600k left to raise. The Museum has launched Sow a Seed, an online donation platform where visitors old and new are encouraged to support the replanting of the Gardens Through Time. Donations will go towards the planting of new bulbs, herbs and trees. Visit Museum of the Home to get involved.