Ilona's Garden by Russell Page

Russell Page at the Garden Museum & a pastoral lit fest

We are big fans of the Garden Museum – the small but perfectly formed Arcadia that nestles right beside Lambeth Palace. And if you’ve never been then now is a great time to discover this hidden gem. The museum has just opened a retrospective of garden designer Russell Page (described by the Telegraph last weekend as “the most famous garden designer no-one’s ever heard of”) and who, from the 1930s until the 1980s, created stylish trend-setting gardens for the Duchess of Windsor, Marella Agnelli and Oscar de la Renta as well as notable public spaces such as Battersea Park’s mid-century Festival Gardens and the Frick Collection garden in New York. The show, which is Page’s first UK retrospective, includes over 50 paintings, photographs and drawings from the designer’s extensive archive.

The Museum has also just released details of its third garden lit fest, A Friend, a Book and a Garden, which this autumn will be held amidst the splendour of Hatfield House on the 3rd and 4th October. You can buy a day ticket or go for the whole weekend and listen to endless talks on “literature, life and nature” from speakers including David Starkey, Richard Mabey, Alan Titchmarsh, Tom Stuart-Smith, Alison Weir and many more, as well as roam around the stunning house and garden of the Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury. Sounds like a perfect early autumn weekend.

Education of a Gardener: the life and work of Russell Page
Until 21 June 2015, 10.30am – 5pm Sun – Fri and 10.30am – 4pm on Saturdays; A Friend, a Book and a Garden 3-4 October 2015
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB
Russell Page £7.50; Lit fest from £95 per day
020 7401 8865
— Clare
25th March 2015