The Geffrye Museum, Museum of the Home, is a beautiful series of Grade I listed almshouses chariting the development of English interiors from the 1600s to the present day.
The Geffrye Museum is also home to three stunning gardens:
The open, tree-lined front gardens, easily visible from the Kingsland Road. In the 19th century, these were replaced by London plane trees, many of which still survive and now form a prominent feature of the gardens. The lawns were divided with lateral paths flanked by herbaceous borders.
The Herb Garden, which contains over 170 different herbs and includes plants traditionally associated with herb gardens, such as roses, honeysuckle and lilies. It attracts insects, butterflies and birds, providing a valuable city-centre habitat and a useful learning resource for schoolchildren and others interested in the properties of plants and the ecology of gardens.
The Period Garden Rooms, which were created to show the changing nature of English town gardens. They form a series of garden rooms, to complement the period rooms inside the museum. The layout of the gardens, the types of plants used and their arrangement within the beds are based on recent research into middle-class gardens in London and other major towns in England. The gardens echo the museum’s period rooms and illustrate the changing function of gardens in relation to domestic life.
The Geffrye’s herb and period gardens are open from 1 April to 31 October each year.