Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Posted on August 1st, 2008 by Sian Jones

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery seeking to creating an Elizabethan-style garden at one its historic houses in the City, the Elizabethan House. The house was built in 1595 and was home to merchants trading on the historic Barbican.

Could anyone please advise on what one would have expected to see in the garden of a middle class home of this period.

There are two distinct areas of the garden. An walled upper level that we feel would lend itself to a kitchen garden and a lower walled courtyard containing an established fig tree that is a more formal space.

This is the first garden history project I personally and Plymouth City Museum as an organisation have been involved in. Obviously we want to create as authentic a garden as we possibly can within budgetary constraints.

Any advice, comments or discussion would be welcome. Please contact me at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ. Tel: 01752 304765. Email: Web:

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