What is it about Geffrye Museum’s gardens?

The Geffrye’s gardens contain the award-winning herb garden, which has more than 170 different herbs and includes plants traditionally associated with herb gardens, such as roses, honeysuckle and lilies; and period gardens, which showcase English urban garden types over the past 400 years.

But who is taking care of the garden now? UCL student Ping Ping and Liz interviewed one of Geffrye gardeners.


Name: Heather

From: Hackney

So Heather, how did you get into gardening?

Well, I started out as a florist and am now been  a gardener.

Can you tell me your favourite thing about gardens?

I really enjoy the changes of seasons, especially the coming of Spring

What’s your favourite part of working in the Geffrye’s gardens?

I like the feeling of soil; I don’t wear gloves when working as I love to feel the earth on my hands!

What are your favourite herbs and flowers?

I really like rosemary and lavender. As far as flowers, my favourites are roses, narcissi, daffodils

Can you give our readers a few tips about easy gardening for beginners or students?

I’d advise them to start out with plants in pots, herbs, flowers in season – they are all easy to start with!

The Geffrye’s herb and period gardens are open from 1 April to 31 October every year. Recently we went to the museum and have spotted some signs of the coming Spring in the gardens!


We discovered some Christmas rose between fallen leaves!


There were also some young sprouts popped out of soil!

We can’t wait the coming of Spring in Geffrye Museum’s garden!! Are you looking forward to Spring as well? What are you looking forward to seeing in gardens?


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