Titchmarsh to launch £2m American garden
Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh will officially launch the £2million new American garden at the The American Museum & Gardens in Bath. The new garden will feature new landscaping, and planting will provide a horticultural insight into the flora and fauna of the United States. Designed by a Washington Dcbased landscape architecture firm, the new American garden is the company’s first European commission, which includes a series of American-themed gardens and a system of circulation which enhances the existing landscape and views over the Limpley Stoke Valley. The garden will feature many native US plants including trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Director Richard Wendorf said: “We’re really excited to launch the new American garden and transformed Mount Vernon Garden. As the only museum outside of the US dedicated to celebrating American culture, we’re constantly seeking new and inspiring ways to showcase American history. “Thanks to the generosity of our friends in the UK and US, the new American garden will extend the experience beyond the doors of our period rooms and galleries. As an American, I’m so pleased visitors will have the opportunity to explore so many wonderful plants from my homeland.” The garden will include the introduction of a natural amphitheatre which will enable the museum to host concerts and other events. A new ticket office will serve as the entry point along with an accessible path providing a winding way through the new features. The work of renowned international sculptor Angela Connor will also feature, with six larger-thanlife portraits of key figures in American history. Head gardener Andrew Cannell said: “The new American Garden is a hugely exciting project with over 12,000 new plants thoughtfully arranged in bold, naturalistic swathes. “Visitors in September will see the garden at its very beginning and over the years can return to see it grow and develop into something very special.” The official launch on Saturday will feature live music and historical characters in the Mount Vernon Garden giving a flavour of life in 18th century Virginia. The American Museum and Gardens will be free to visit on Saturday as part of Heritage Open Days.