How does your garden grow?
NEXT month, following an 18-month redevelopment aided by the heritage Lottery Fund, the garden Museum, London SE1, will reopen with a new exhibition, ‘Artist-not-in-residence’, celebrating Londoners’ unique relationship with green spaces.
Eileen hogan was appointed artist-inresidence just as the museum closed for redevelopment in October 2015. With her ‘residence’ a building site, Prof hogan decided to ask 90 people to nominate their favourite green space in the capital and explain why it was significant to them. She has turned 12 of these responses into large-scale oil paintings, one for each month.
The exhibition will also include six panels from the first year of her resi- dency, featuring scenes from chelsea Physic gardens in summer and the park at chiswick house on a frosty February morning, as well as etchings, sketchbooks, photographs of the artist at work and a short film about her process.
As well as new galleries and education rooms, the redeveloped garden Museum will feature a new garden designed by Dan Pearson and an archive study room, which brings the work of the most innovative and trend-setting garden designers of the 20th century to life through access to their original plans and working materials.
‘Artist-not-in-residence’ will run from May to September (www. gardenmuseum.org.uk; 020–7401 8865).
Eileen Hogan has asked Londoners to nominate their favourite green space and explain why it’s special