Open Day Event The Dame Sylvia Crowe Garden

Growing Together: Garden Assembly

Join us for an afternoon of green bliss at The Dame Sylvia Crowe garden located next to the museum. The open day will feature short talks, guided tours, and horticultural activities for all ages.

What to expect

Growing Together is a research project engaging local older adults to rethink and remake the Dame Sylvia Crowe garden, at the Design Museum, to become an inclusive learning and research space to enable communities of interest to learn about and raise awareness of sustainable design and horticulture practices, biodiversity, biodesign and climate action.

The Dame Sylvia Crowe garden was abandoned from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic until Autumn 2022 when a volunteer gardening community was established to co-steward the site.


14:00 – Opening

14:10 – Join 'Designing your Shady Garden' short talk with specialist gardener Susanna Grant

14:50 – Take part in 'Herbs and Wellbeing', a workshop facilitated by Hackney Herbal

15:40 – Meet Growing Together: Guided Walk in the garden with the volunteers

15:55 – Join 'Designing your Shady Garden' short talk with specialist gardener Susanna Grant

16:30 – Take part in 'Herbs and Wellbeing', a workshop facilitated by Hackney Herbal.

17:15 – Closing


Susanna Grant

Grant is a planting designer who specialises in plants for shady spaces. She runs Linda, a dappled courtyard space in London’s Hackney that sells shade-loving plants for sills, balconies, courtyards and gardens. Grant has also written the Bloom Gardener's Guide 'Shade – Work with the light, grow the right plants, bring dark corners to life'.

Hackney Herbal

Hackney Herbal is a garden-based social enterprise promoting wellbeing through herbs, specialising in creative workshops and events to connect people and share knowledge about the world of herbs. Their work is designed around the themes of herbal remedies, self-care, urban gardening and nature connection. Their profits are reinvested to provide free nature-based community activities that support people's mental health.

Book Online

Booking information

This event is open to all ages – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The garden is located to the north of the museum adjacent to Holland Park. Please ask a member of staff for guidance if necessary on the day of your visit.

Spaces are limited, please pre-book your ticket online. You can pick to attend the 14:00 to 15:30 session or 15:30 to 17:15.

Pay what you can – Make a donation via the link below to help the museum achieve its mission of inspiring everyone to understand the value of design.

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