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Museums at Night – Open Garden

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

An engraving of Cowper's summerhouse 250

Enjoy a Friday evening stroll in Olney around the Museum’s walled flower and vegetable gardens. The flower garden is of significant horticultural interest and is planted only with specimens introduced to England before 1800, with very few exceptions.  The Summer House garden is planted and maintained as a Victorian-style vegetable garden by the tenant with many old varieties of vegetables.

At the top of the garden, visit the “bouderie”, the Summer House where the 18th Century poet William Cowper wrote much of his work.  With views of Olney’s spired parish church, it is not difficult to imagine Cowper and his friend John Newton meeting in the gardens and penning many of the Olney hymns.


IMG_20140416_173304Museum Gardens Open evening

The Museum gardens always offer a peaceful and inspiring retreat in which to relax, away from the lively bustle of Olney Market Place. Why not take this opportunity to explore our gardens by lamplight before heading to one of the local restaurants within easy walk of the Museum?

Admission £2 only, donations for refreshments.

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Museums at Night – Open Garden


Friday, May 13, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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