Grow your own!

Copyright LADYBIRD BOOKS LTD 2009 from 'Rapunzel', illustrated by Eric Winter, published by Ladybird Books Ltd 1968 and stored in the Ladybird archiveJune 4th to September 1st, 2009

What do you use your garden for? This exhibition explores some of the many ways in which gardening has become deeply embedded in English life. It celebrates the last two centuries of a passion shared by town and country alike.

Gardens can provide pleasure and relaxation, food and exercise, or knowledge about the world around us. This complex negotiation between nature and culture may reveal and challenge social roles, support political or artistic movements, or reflect both local and global ideas. These characteristics and more are explored through a diverse range of materials drawn from across the MERL collections.

Grow your own! exhibition poster


Events Programme

Many of the family events and adult workshops over the Spring and Summer will be inspired by the theme of this exhibition, including the MERL Spectacular on June 6th, and the Why Wiltshire? a MERL Seminar on Early English Allotments

Group tours

Why not bring your group to see the exhibition? The curator will give a tour of the exhibition to pre-booked groups

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