Museum lates: Eat, drink and plant seeds at the Vestry House Secret Garden

This Friday evening the Vestry House Museum opens its garden to the public as part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival.

The night is inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden, and visitors will get to taste street food from E17’s very own Kolkati, who will be bringing a taste of India – the birthplace of Burnett’s heroine Mary Lennox.

There will be a unique range of cocktails on sale inspired by the plants and flowers found in the Secret Garden, and guests will be able to plant seeds, so they can come back and watch them bloom.


Medical herbalist Gail Farrow will be on hand to talk about the healing properties of plants and there’ll be a selection of fresh herbal teas to sample.

There will also be readings from Burnett’s novel, chosen to reflect the uplifting nature of springtime.

The planting of Vestry House Museum’s garden is inspired by its history as an eighteenth-century workhouse garden, with an emphasis on useful plants including vegetables, herbs and dye plants. There is also a wild meadow area and a bed designed to attract butterflies.

Vestry House Museum Late events are a chance to relax and enjoy the secluded museum and garden while seeing them from a whole new perspective. Each event features local food, trails and activities for families, and cultural entertainment for everyone.


Vestry House Museum Late: Secret Garden. Vestry Road, E17 9NH

Friday 13 May 1630 – 2100. £2 donation on the door



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