I was delighted to be invited to the Garden Museum recently by Maggie's Centres to hear a talk given by the inspirational fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, renowned landscape & garden designer Dan Pearson and award winning architect Stephanie MacDonald of 6a Architects. The evening focused on the connections between fashion design, garden design and architecture, their relationship to one another and the natural world around them. I attended the evening with Clive from Quarterre and we both left feeling very inspired... by the speakers as well as the Museum itself. Housed in a listed former church The Garden Museum was redeveloped by Dow Jones Architects in 2008 to incorporate a timber clad two-storey structure that wraps around the perimeter of the existing building, providing galleries for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. It's an impressive space. To the rear of the church there is a pretty 'Knot garden' which provides a quiet retreat in the heart of the city in which to enjoy coffee and cake from the Museum's cafe.
All in all it was a great evening and a good introduction to an interesting museum that I know I shall return to soon... if you fancy a visit too it's located on the south bank of the Thames opposite The Palace of Westminster and Tate Britain.