How does your gar­den grow?

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - Elizabeth Whitney

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

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