The history behind London’s Garden Museum dates from the humble beginnings of a noted botanist to the present day. Its contemporary history begins in 1977, when the museum was founded to rescue the abandoned church, St. Mary-at-Lambeth, the burial site of 17th century royal gardener John Tradescant and his son. Born in obscurity, Tradescant became a royal gardener for King Charles I, exchanged specimens and stories with the great botanists of his day and sailed across the earth to collect new plants. In 1629 he came to live at Lambeth, close to where the museum now stands, and planted a botanical garden. Celebrating the uniquely British love affair with gardens, the facility’s permanent collection of 6,000 items includes tools, paintings, ephemera and artifacts. The site is next to Lambeth Palace, a 10-minute walk from Vauxhall, Waterloo and Victoria stations.