Bayleaf garden at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Museum Historic Gardens Exhibition: The Power of Plants

This exhibition will look at the history and creation of the Museum’s Historic Gardens, how they have developed over time and the work our gardens team do in maintaining and interpreting them.

Looking at the use of plants from culinary & medicinal herbs, to their uses in textiles & dyes, and how they support biodiversity & sustainability of our natural environment.

We will also have our Museum collection copy of Gerards 17th century herbal book on display, which includes woodcut and herbarium samples.

Information for Visitors

The Museum’s 40 acres site, historic gardens and buildings are fascinating places to learn about rural history. Visitors can purchase grain from the Museum shop and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for our working animals, which can include the Heavy Horses, Sheep and Ducks. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Why not enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch at our waterside café?  Visitors can also bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site.  Takeaway refreshments will also be available from our seasonal Shepherd’s Huts located around the Museum.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.



Mon 3 June 2024–Sun 18 August 2024