Museum Gardens at Home

Museum Gardens at Home

Help create home grown flower display

Sow seeds this spring and take part in a project to create a colourful community flower display in York Museum Gardens planned for this summer, 2020.

York Museums Trust are encouraging people to plant any flower seeds they have and to share their experiences, tips and results through social media, creating an online citizen gardening project.

The ambition is for people to then bring their blooms to York Museum Gardens for a community display later this year. Make sure to upload your pictures to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MuseumGardensAtHome!

Jo Killeya, head of public engagement, collections and curatorial, said: “We hope people young and old and of all levels of experience will give gardening a go this spring, documenting and sharing their experiences online with us. Whether it is a sunflower grown in a back yard or pansies planted in a pot on a window sill, our ambition is that the colourful blooms grown in these difficult times will come together to create a fantastic display in the summer for the public to enjoy.”

Everyone is encouraged to take part – the flowers can be any seeds you already have and grown in any container, tub or box you already own– the hope is to make the activity as accessible to everyone as possible without the need to leave your home. York Museums Trust are organising free seeds to be distributed with food parcels through food banks in the city.

York Museums Trust will soon set a date for people to be able to come and drop off their blooms to create the final display.

York Museum Gardens will reopen on June 25, initially from 10:30am to 6pm, seven days a week.