I’ve been meaning to return to the Garden Museum for months after it reopened following its redevelopment earlier in the year. And then, like London buses, two opportunities arose in a week.
Firstly, I went with some of my lovely Capel Manor friends (who I studied with for the last two years) to the Quiz Night (where we came an embarrassing last!) It was a very jolly evening despite, and great to catch up with my fellow Garden Designers, all of whom (except me) are now either already – or on the path to – earning their living via gardening and garden design. I’m really so proud of them!
Aside from catching up, we also had a bit of a whistle stop tour around the exhibits and for me, one of the highlights was the exhibition of the winners of the NGS photography competition.
The one shown above was overall amateur winner:
What’s so exciting for me about this is that apart from being a fabulous photo, it’s of the garden of a friend of mine on the Isle of Wight, and I too was there for the NGS opening this summer. It really was the most beautiful summer’s day and the garden was looking magnificent.
The second visit involved these chaps:
Before the Quiz Night had been arranged, I’d already booked to attend a “textiles workshop” with Debby Brown. The session took place in the lovely, light new Clore Learning Space.
We drew round pattern pieces on plain calico and then painted them with acrylic paint.
Having cut them out, sewn them and stuffed them, adding legs along the way, we all ended up with one finished bird, and most of us had a second in progress.
I was quite chuffed with my chirpy chap!
How lovely to see the museum open again – and also to sample the wonderful food in the cafe. I’ll definitely be back.