This week (just ahead of lockdown) the Gardening Club at the museum planted 100 tulip bulbs as part of the Greener Bermondsey campaign to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Ada Salter becoming Mayor of Bermondsey in the 1920s.
Ada Salter was a pioneering woman who championed the greening of the borough for health purposes with mass planting of trees and tens of thousands of tulips. The Evening Standard wrote at the time that Bermondsey was “the most optimistic place in London. Because of the flowers…”
The campaign involves planting 10,000 tulips across the borough at the beginning of November in order to produce a flourish of tulips in April. The Brunel Museum did it’s bit today, planting 100 bulbs in the planters on the Terrace for the enjoyment of local residents and museum visitors next April. We already have our edible herb planters for use by local residents and of course our apothecary garden on the roof, home of Midnight Apothecary as well as the lower garden with its cherry, fig, apple and bay trees.
#Ada100 gives us an opportunity to honour Ada Salter, and to do just a bit to make life better now.
Read the full story of the campaign here: