1 April to 29 October

Included with museum admission charge.

Enjoy our beautiful herb garden, including a new temporary display about Maud Grieve (1858-1941), local medicinal plant expert.

Born in London in 1858, Maud Grieve spent her early married life in India, before she moved to Chalfont St Peter in the late 1800s.

Maud Grieve
Maud Grieve

At the outbreak of World War One, she turned her beautiful garden into a herb farm to meet the urgent need for medicinal plants. People across the country were turning to local plant supplies as so many medicinal supplies had previously come from Germany.

Maud also helped to set up the National Herb Growing Association in 1914. In Chalfont St Peter, she established a training school first for women, and then ex-servicemen from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Belgium. She also supplied plants and seeds, writing pamphlets to explain how to grow them successfully.

Her book A Modern Herbal was published in 1931, bringing together her advice pamphlets. It is still considered relevant today, but all traces of her garden have gone. Find out more about the medicinal value of plants in Maud’s works throughout the garden.

See our Events Diary for specific garden events at the museum by clicking on this link

Funded by the Chalks, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership.

Image credit: RHS Lindley Library

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49 High Street
Old Amersham

01494 723700
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We open Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon until 4:30pm.

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