Our friends at the Gardeners’ House Project have launched a Crowdfunder page raising funds to rebuild the old dilapidated stable block in Morrab Gardens, creating a wonderful community and multi-use space.
The Stable Block would have had an important part in the running of the household when Morrab House was built as a private residence in the middle of the nineteenth century. It has had a number of uses over the years, and is currently the base for the garden team in the Morrab Gardens. Read more about the history of the Stable Block.
The Gardeners’ House will provide educational and training opportunities and house the Hypatia Natural History collection – a special collection and women’s archive – of books, papers and ephemera showing the engagement of women in recording the ever-changing natural world – with particular focus on gardens and gardening techniques through history to the present day.
A special archive for the Morrab Gardens itself will also be created.
The project is a collaboration between The Hypatia Trust, The Pengarth Day Centre and Morrab Gardens, and aims to raise £100k for the next step of this exciting project that will benefit the Penzance and Cornish community as well as national and international visitors with an interest in horticulture and botany. See our short film here and please do donate if you are able:
Melissa Hardie-Budden, Founder and Director of the Hypatia Trust says:
“Our joint project is an exciting spur to learning projects for people of all ages and talents. The Head Gardener, Joe Palmese, is an enthusiastic teacher and very hopeful that ‘down-to-earth’ residents and touring garden-lovers will help us to bring our ambitious plans to reality.
It will be not only a pleasure garden for rest and relaxation, but also a much-needed space for citizen science, innovative arts practice and workshop training. The Hypatia Trust specialises in book and ephemera collections focusing on the works and contributions of women to community life. The Hypatia Natural History Collection which will be accessible to all via the reading room in The Gardeners’ House is a special archive, and will reveal female lives dedicated to natural history amongst the many well-known gardeners and plant-hunters of all time.”