Grasslands Garden

Horniman Museum and Gardens


The Grasslands Garden at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south London celebrates globally threatened landscapes and highlights the beauty of grasses and their plant communities. Created in partnership with designer James Hitchmough and plantsman Neil Lucas, the garden combines naturalistic prairie and grassland central planting with a formal border of grass species, to achieve a striking visual display with year-round appeal. Plants and planting methods were selected to make the most of the location, benefit biodiversity and create a sustainable garden that requires little irrigation and maintenance. The Grasslands Garden was conceived not only as a beautiful and sustainable space, but also one which links to the Horniman’s newly redisplayed anthropology collection by exploring indigenous people’s relationships to grassland landscapes. It is also designed to be an immersive and inspirational garden providing a multi-sensory experience, space for reflection, and take-home messages for visitors – from creating their own bio-diverse garden to valuing and protecting wild landscapes.

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