The New American Garden

The American Museum in Britain has cultivated its gardens ever since it opened in 1961.
Our co-founders John Judkyn and Dallas Pratt strongly believed that the gardens of Claverton Manor should be part of the new museum’s education program and visitor experience.

From our replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon to the Lewis and Clark trail, and arboretum, our gardens represent the largest offering of American horticultural features in the UK.

The work we are now embarked upon continues that tradition. The New American Garden will transform our gardens and landscape, and through its horticultural features, provide an insight into the history and growth of the United States.

What we are going to do

The New American Garden, designed by Washington DC-based landscape architecture firm Oehme Van Sweden, will feature many native US plants including trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs and adhere to the ecologically-minded, free-form style made famous by the firm’s founders, Wolfgang Oehme, and James van Sweden.

The garden will also feature an American rose collection, with native pioneer roses, and  an American shrub border, with sweeps of native viburnums, Ilex, and other plants on  the slope below the Manor House. A natural amphitheatre near the Mount Vernon  Garden will enable the Museum to host concerts and other events in this beautiful setting.

The garden will also see the introduction of a new ticket office serving as spectacular entry point to the Museum and Gardens as well as an accessible path providing a winding way through the new features shaded by cherry trees and other plantings.

Timeline

The work is already under way.

Though the removal of any trees is saddening, their removal is part of the New American Garden project and our ongoing tree work.  The removal of trees will create better views and vistas across the Limpley Stoke Valley and present opportunities for planting new trees as part of our revitalised garden.

We are hoping to phase the hard landscaping work, and following the completion of each phase, our garden team will begin the process of planting over 10,000 trees, plants, and shrubs ready for the autumn. Our wish is to have the New American Garden complete and open for visitation in Autumn 2018.

We are grateful for generous support from the American friends of the American Museum in Britain.

If you would like to support the work on the New American Garden, please contact the Museum at enquiries@americanmuseum.org