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Gardens and War Exhibition

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Gardening on the Western Front

According to Winston Churchill, 'War is the normal occupation of man. War and gardening.' During the Second World War, these two 'occupations' were unquestionably linked. Those on the home front were encouraged to be more self-sufficient due to rationing, and the 'Dig for Victory' campaign was very important.

But the Gardens and War exhibition at the Gardens Museum makes the connection even earlier than that, as it explores the importance of gardening at the Front, in the trenches, and in Prisoner of War camps. It will also look at the significant of flowers as a sign of remembrance

Up until the 19th December you can discover items such as a medal awarded to the best grown vegetables on the Western Front, photography of soldiers' flower gardens, a pressed flowers collected by an 'incurably romantic soldier', and a gnome carved by an Austrian prisoner of war.

Admission to the museum is 7.50 for adults, 6.50 seniors, 3 concessions, and free for under 16s.
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When: Until 19th Dec
Phone: 020 7401 8865
Where: Gardens Museum
Cost: 7.50 adult, 6.50 concession, 3 concession, free for under 16s
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