Not Just a Garden art exhibition

Friday 29 April- 18 December.

Visit the 16th Century cottage and cottage garden to see the contemporary art exhibition marking our centenary and celebrating the work of people with learning disabilities.

Created by artist Anna Cady, working with people from Minstead Trust, ‘Not just a Garden’ is an installation of films, images and memorabilia looking at Furzey Gardens 100-year history and its role today as a place of support and work experience for people with learning disabilities.

The installation explores people and stories connected to the gardens, including English explorer and botanist, Frank Kingdon-Ward, who was a plant hunter for Furzey Gardens in the 1920s. Using letters, stamps, maps and other ephemera, visitors can discover stories connected to Kingdon-Ward’s travels and his role in Furzey Gardens’ history.

‘Not Just a Garden’ is presented as part of Meeting Point, a national programme led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage  that partners leading UK and international artists with museums and heritage sites to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.

Find out more about the creation of the art installation.

Cyanotopes and a short history from Head Gardener, Pete White
Magic lantern in cottage attic