The Garden Museum, capturing what gardens mean to people, in a collaborative forum of activities, debate, collections and archives. The Museum’s garden was created in 1980. The Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue the abandoned St Mary’s church from demolition; the burial place of John Tradescant - the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago. Historically significant but also a lush and beautiful spot in the centre of London, cared for by a small horticultural team of staff and volunteers. In 2008, the interior of the museum was transformed into a centre for exhibitions and events by the construction of contemporary gallery spaces. Three exhibitions each year explore the making of British gardens, and a programme of over 30 talks and interviews celebrates heroes and heroines from the forgotten plant hunters and gardeners of the past, to the designers and writers in fashion today. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.