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Growing Together: Autumn Garden Assembly

Get cosy with us in the Dame Sylvia Crowe Garden for some autumnal bliss and horticultural shared knowledge.

What to expect

Enjoy short, inspiring talks by expert horticulturalists, garden designers and writers, meet the Growing Together volunteers to swap seeds, hints and tips, enjoy creative activities for all, seasonal refreshments and more!

Growing Together is a project engaging local older adults, immigrants and refugees to share the stewardship of the Dame Sylvia Crowe garden. They ensure this inclusive learning and research space enables communities of interest to learn about and raise awareness of sustainable design and horticulture practices, biodiversity and climate action.

The programme includes:

“Designing your London Garden: Where to Start?” short talk with horticulturalist and educator Danny Hubbart.“What does it mean to Decolonize the Garden?” short talk with gardener, writer and printmaker Sui Searle. Uprooting: reading time with writer, psychotherapist and gardener Marchelle Farrel.

Also, take part in a workshop, plant Spring-flowering bulbs with us and enjoy warm autumnal drinks.

Please note that arriving late may result in limited access to some activities.


Marchelle Farrell

Farrell is a writer, medical psychotherapist, and amateur gardener, born in Trinidad and Tobago, but having spent over 20 years attempting to become hardy here in the UK. She is curious about the relationship between our external and internal landscapes, the patterns we reenact in relation to the land, and how they might be changed. Her debut book, Uprooting, won the Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing and is published by Canongate.

Danny Hubbard

Hubbard is a gardener and teacher, who started his career in maintenance gardening, later moving to Wisley to become a Community Gardener with the RHS. He has been the Education Manager at Walworth Garden for the last 3 years. Hubbard has a deep and long-standing relationship with plants, and loves nothing more than bringing their fascination closer to other people. He is constantly on the lookout for new and radical approaches to gardening and design.

Sui Searle

Searle is a gardener, writer and printmaker. She has worked in botanic, public, private and community gardens as well as having spent a short period writing for gardening magazines. She is the founder of @decolonisethegarden which focuses on bringing a decolonial lens to horticulture. She is the editor of the alternative online gardening newsletter, Radicle. Both aim to seek, in community, possibilities of an otherwise.

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Booking information

  • This event is open to all ages – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • The garden is located to the north of the museum adjacent to Holland Park. Please ask a member of staff for guidance if necessary on the day of your visit.

  • Guide dogs for the Blind and Hearing dogs are welcome, and must be kept on a lead.

  • Please ensure you only book if you plan to attend and please cancel your booking well in advance if your availability changes.

  • Capacity is limited, please book in advance.

Pay-What-You-Can supports visitors who might find the standard ticket price a barrier.

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