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Horniman Gardens Grand Opening

01 Jun 2012
Rainy 17°C / 63°F

It was pretty grand.

I feel weird though. It’s strange that it’s all “over” (it’s never over, but we do get a week off), and after the most manic week I have experienced, I have never felt this sort of exhaustion and mellow relief before.

I was honoured to be a part of this project, which aims to educate young and old alike out in the gardens as much as they are in the museum, yet form, colour and skilled horticulture are not sacrificed. In fact, I think these design principles are tested and carried out to a very high standard due to the nature of the project.

The amount of planning, research, physical work and people management that went into this year-long project must be respected and commended, and I hope everyone knows that every effort they have put in has paid off spectacularly.

I’ve really landed on my feet in this place, lucky enough to be accepted into the kind, considerate, smart and interesting family that is the gardening team at the Horniman. I feel so proud to be working in such an important establishment, knowing I’m contributing to inspiring and educating people.

Anyway, here is the set for the photos taken the day after the grand opening, where my task was irrigating the entire area, while minimising the trip hazard for the wandering public.


1: The herbs and spices beds and the “display panel” lawns behind them, which are some of the nicest lawns to mow. Let’s hope they stay that way.
2: The Horniman display garden, or world food garden. Here we grow top fruit, soft fruit, leafy, root and fruiting veg and flavourings (see previous herbs and spices bed).
3: A bit of the dye garden, where all plants we derive pigment from are grown. They are grouped by the colour they produce, hence the coloured wool frame.
4: Part of the food garden, and one of our lovely signs. Here are peppers and aubergines, marrows behind them and brassicas/lettuces behind them.
5: One half of the medicinal garden, which is grouped by the body part which the plant treats. This garden, while it changes a lot each years, has been established for two years, unlike the rest of the exhibition areas, so it’s a bit lusher.

I hope I get a copy of the photo of myself, colleages and Joe Swift (of Gardeners’ World, of course!). One of the Horniman Trust, he’s a very pleasant guy, as you would expect.

I can’t wait to see the garden in six weeks time, where it will have filled out and be even more impressive.




Congratulations … everything looks great!

Posted on 02 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Tralamander, everything looks wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS!

PS. Wanna come weed my garden? The Horniman gardens look impeccable. If mine could only look 1% as good… sigh

Posted on 02 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Wow Congratulations. Everything looks fantastic, and it must be such satisfying work to do.

Posted on 02 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

How gorgeous! Such hard work totally paid off. I wish I was nearby, as I’d love to wander that garden! Congratulations!!

Posted on 02 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States6b

Tralamander, you have done a fantastic job. Such a beautiful place. They are lucky to have such a devoted and skilled employee on their team! Congrats!

Posted on 02 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

Thank you so much, HollyBee, orientallily, anelson, KathN and SneIrish. It means so much to me. :)

Posted on 03 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

What a lovely place to work, you lucky thing! I’m sure it’s all the lovelier for all your hard work too – beds are immaculate. Looks quite sheltered with all those mature trees around.

Posted on 03 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

I love hearing how you love your work. It all looks wonderful and inspiring.

Posted on 03 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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