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19th Century period garden

View of the Victorian garden and greenhouse photography Jayne Lloyd

View into the 19th century period garden - photography Jayne Lloyd

The Geffrye is closed until spring 2020 for a transformational two-year development. Throughout closure we are running events in our front gardens and tours of the restored almshouse.

The design for this Victorian garden has been mainly derived from archive photographs and descriptions of an actual garden in Hackney of the 1880s. The garden contains a greenhouse, a shrubbery and an apple tree. Several beds set into the lawn are planted in the colourful, formal arrangement known as 'bedding' or 'massing'.

Listen to our podcasts:  Victorian Garden 1  Victorian Garden 2 

Key plants include:

Evergreen shrubs, climbers and small fruit trees

Apple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’
Holly, common (Ilex aquifolium)
Jasmine (Jasminum officinalis)
Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
Lilac, persian (Syringa persica)
Myrtle (Myrtle communis)
Passion flower, blue (Passiflora caerulea)
Viburnum tinus

Annuals, bulbs and half-hardy perennials for bedding and seasonal display

Canna indica
Dahlia ‘White Aster’
Heliotrope (Heliotropium peruvanium)
Hyacinth ‘L’Innocence’
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Pelargonium ‘Mrs Pollack’
Sweet pea ‘Painted Lady’
Tulip ‘Peach Blossom’


Rosa ‘General Jaqueminot’
Rosa ‘Mme Alfred Carriere’
Rosa ‘Zephrine Drouhin’


Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Fern (Asplenium scholopendrium, Matteuccia orientalis and Osmunda regalis)
Gardenia (for the conservatory)
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Lily (Lilium speciosum albiflorum)
Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis)
London Pride (Saxifraga urbium)
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’ and ‘Reine Hortense’)
Pink ‘Mrs Sinkins’ and ‘Earl of Essex’ (Dianthus caryophyllus spp)
Thrift (Armeria)

View the ornamental feature in the 19th century period garden.

See our 360 view of the 19th Century Garden or take the Virtual Tour of the Period Rooms and Gardens.