Garden Museum plans exhibition on history of Caribbean gardening in south London

Kit Heren (31 August, 2021)

The Sowing Roots project aims to look at how the horticultural knowledge and traditions of the Windrush generation shaped their experience of migrating to the UK

47569Sowing Roots participants photographed at Loughborough Farm (image: Federico Rivas, Fotosynthesis)

The Garden Museum in south London is planning an exhibition and a series of events on the gardening practices of Caribbean immigrants to south London, as documented by young people.

The Sowing Roots project aims to look at how the horticultural knowledge and traditions of the Windrush generation shaped their experience of migrating to the UK, what plants and foods Caribbean migrants grew when they came to this country, and how this affected the wider British understanding of gardening.

The free exhibition opens on October 25 in the Garden Museum on Lambeth Palace Road.

Sowing Roots will also train people between the ages of 15 and 21 in developing and conducting oral history interviews, introduce them to Caribbean horticultural history, and help them gain experience curating historical artefacts.

The project is being led by researchers Dr Ekua McMorris and Dr Elizabeth Cooper, in collaboration with the Garden Museum Head of Learning Janine Nelson and oral historian Jen Kavanagh. It was funded with a grant the National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded to the Garden Museum in 2019.

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