It's been mostly raining...again. But we did get some work done in a brief bit of drier weather on Saturday. We moved some Autumn fruiting raspberries and put in some Summer ones from Mum's garden. We also popped in some wild garlic to put in the shady wild part of the plot. I also did my first bit of greenhouse planting (part from the peas, still alive!) - just plopping 3 potatoes into a big carrier bag with some soil, and sowing some carrots in pots.
Today in the rain we visited Cressing Temple in Essex, a medieval farm complex with two cathedral like barns. This was great, not only to see the beautiful whopping great timber masterpieces, but also to check out the walled gardens to get ideas for the allotment and the herb bed/garden we'll be incorporating into it. Mandrake anyone? I've never seen it before!
The real reason behind the visit was as part of a project I am undertaking to review and redesign the signage and interpretation of my local museum garden (Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow). This will also contribute to my MA dissertation, looking at the presentation and interpretation of museum gardens. If anyone has any thoughts about good or bad examples of this I'd love to hear about it. I'll write more about it in future. Here are a couple of signs I noted today:
This one hasn't stood up to the weather very well and it didn't seem particularly clear anyway.
You can't tell much from this poor photo, but actually in real life this sign in the herb garden looked clear, attractive and informative to me.
But I do like this plain plant label, if only for the name and the touch of lichen!
Any thoughts on sign design and content greatly welcomed, on gardens attached to museums, or indeed any outdoor historic site interpretation. The Vestry House Museum has random objects from its collections in the garden including a Roman sarcophagus- anyone know of any similar open-air collections around the country?
Tomorrow I visit the Horniman Gardens in South London.....