The Sunken Gardens are closed while we repair some of the masonry and are undergoing refurbishment work.
The Sunken and Display Gardens were built in 1936, and are overlooked by a terrace with benches that prove a popular space in the sunshine.
These botanical displays have been carefully created by our Gardeners and Curators to unite our indoor and outdoor collections. They reflect themes, from the materials which make up some of the collections in our World Gallery, to outdoor examples of instruments to be found in the Music Gallery.
In spring and summer, the formal planting in the Sunken Gardens is changed. The summer planting design often links back to exhibitions in the Museum.
Planted in 10 ‘body part’ sections, the Medicine Garden features a range of plants used to treat illness in different areas of our body.
Some are local remedies that have persisted through time while others have formed the basis of modern medicines.
Discover a huge array of natural plant dyes and the processes used to produce them.
Read about how some of the dyes are made, and see the plants grouped together by dye colour.
The materials garden features plants used by people around the world. They make products as diverse as building materials, textiles and musical instruments.