My Space - Horniman Museum

PROJECT: Restoring the 6.5ha gardens at the Horniman Museum in south London. The one-year project will include overhauling a sunken garden and building a pavilion.

PLANTS: Central to the renewal is a World Food Garden, a display of plants used for food, medicine and textiles. Herbs and spices will mingle with dye plants such as false saffron Carthammus tinctorius. Flax Linum usitatissimum and raffia palms Raphia spp show how plants are used as fibres.

PEOPLE: Dominic Cole at Land Use Consultants heads the design. Horniman's horticultural team, under garden manager Gordon Lucas, will grow the plants or source them externally.

VISION: The philosophy is to link the museum exhibits with the living world outside. Historically sem-inal food plants include sugar cane, callaloo and pumpkins.


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