‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ is a new exhibition at the Priest’s House Museum & Garden in Wimborne. It appeals to green-fingered visitors of all ages, exploring the history of gardening and garden activities in East Dorset, and runs until 30 September.
The exhibition celebrates all things garden related, from planting and maintaining allotments to winning floral shows. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of gardening? Discover how gardens have developed from simple medieval vegetable patches to sprawling Georgian parkland. Step back in time and peek inside a wartime potting shed, complete with seedlings ready for planting.
Did you know that East Dorset is home to the first garden centre in the UK? Come and see highlights from the Stewarts archive, kindly on loan from Dorset History Centre.
‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ also includes artwork by Lys De Bray, a botanical artist and author based in Wimborne, and beautiful examples of Verwood pottery. The museum is proud to display a selection of trophies awarded to Wimborne in Bloom since it began 25 years ago.
“Working on this exhibition has been a fantastic experience.” says Anna Wreyford, who is currently an apprentice with Unlocking the Bankes Archive, a project to fully catalogue the Bankes Family Collection at Dorset History Centre. This project is a collaboration between Dorset History Centre, the National Trust at Kingston Lacy and the Priest’s House Museum & Garden. During her two year course, Anna will spend eight months at each of the partner sites, learning how their organisation is run and working with a diverse team of people. “I’ve had loads of fun supporting the team at the Priest’s House, and I’ve learnt so much about exhibitions and museum management. It’s been great to help create some of the displays for ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ and to see some of the highlights from the museum collection, particularly the Verwood pottery.”
The museum has also worked with the National Garden Scheme, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year. Local representatives from NGS have developed a display on some of the stunning and delightful gardens that open throughout East Dorset.
The museum is open daily (except Sundays) from 10.00 to 4.30. Standard admission charges apply.
For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or visit www.priest-house.co.uk.