North American Landscape
Kew at the British Museum

10 May – 25 November 2012
Free

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Travel up from the Florida swamps, through the Missouri prairie to the forests of New England and Canada – all without leaving London.

 

Wander through the landscape and discover more about the relationships between humans and plants – from Native North Americans and New World encounters to modern conservation projects. Plants include lupins, echinacea and maples.


About the landscape

Travel up from the Florida swamps, through the Missouri prairie to the forests of New England and Canada – all without leaving London.

Wander through the landscape and discover more about the relationships between humans and plants – from Native North Americans to New World encounters and modern conservation projects. Experience the changing landscape throughout the seasons from a carpet of colourful daisies in the summer to spectacular orange and red autumn maple leaves. Other planting includes lupins, echinacea and carnivorous pitcher plants.

The plants of the North American subcontinent have global ecological and economic importance. Utilised by native peoples for thousands of years, many were introduced to Europe following the colonisation of North America in the early 1600s. Grown for their medicinal uses, as food crops and for other economic purposes, some species have also become familiar ornamental garden plants.

This is the fifth landscape on the Museum’s West Lawn created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, celebrating a shared vision to strengthen cultural understanding and support biodiversity conservation across the world.

Perennial lupin (Lupinus perennis) with a bumblebee.


Videos

How to make American pancakes


Bea's recipe:

Ingredients

250 g plain flour
50 g caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
500 ml buttermilk
50 g melted butter

To serve

Maple syrup

 

Preparation method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and stir until well-combined
  2. Add all wet ingredients and stir until the batter is completely wet, but not over mixed – lumps are okay
  3. In a non-stick skillet on medium heat, spoon some of the mixture and cook for two minutes on each side
  4. Serve with maple syrup

How to plant a window box


Photos from the landscape build

  • A digger preparing the landscape

  • Kew experts planning the build

  • Planting a tree

  • A lonely JCB in the early landscape

  • Reflection of the British Museum

  • Planning

  • Planting the landscape

  • The pots stack up as work continues

  • Preparing the marshland or just too much rain?

  • A damp Kew expert

  • Sunlit pitcher plants, sarracenia sp.

  • Flowers of the landscape

  • Landscape walkway

  • Pitcher plants in the landscape

  • Applying some finishing touches to the landscape