Quex Gardens is a verdant space with sweeping lawns, woodland, flower borders and a walled garden. Our Head Gardener, Sue Harris has a vision for the garden. Supported by The Powell-Cotton Trust, the gardens will evolve to become a place that is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and needs. We will work with our local friends and partners to make space for diversifying our volunteer team and to develop unique garden experiences such as ‘ground to table’ cooking and feasting.

The start of this new era for Quex Gardens will be the restoration of the Winter Garden. You may have noticed it, tucked back from the path at the end of the woodland walk. It is one of a range of glass houses that make up the historic walled garden at Quex House. An important feature of the garden, it was installed at a time when the family wanted to create a space in which they could house frost-sensitive plants and access their orchid collection.

In the 1930’s the walled garden was run as a commercial market garden and the expanding museum had removed a large conservatory to allow for further galleries to be built. It is an unusual structure, mainly as it was moved and re-built. It does not have the same historic function as the other glasshouses, namely the vine houses, cucumber pit and orchid house, and was a significant addition involving removing the corner wall of the walled garden and replacing the lean-to glass which had previously been there. As with other alterations to the garden, the addition of this large ‘show’ glasshouse reflected the changing needs of the family. It was a practical change too, accessible directly from the pleasure grounds without the need to negotiate the vineries and orchids.

Work has now begun to repair and restore the structure of this glass house. When complete it will be safe, secure, heated and visually stunning.

Update Spring 2022

The restoration is almost complete! Currently the winter garden is used as an indoor space for our volunteer groups to shelter from the weather and relax on their breaks however we have plans to host dining events with local green Michelin star restaurant, Angelas of Margate. Keep an eye on our events page for our next event!

Project Partners

Sue Harris

Head Gardener

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

Greg Redwood

Trustee

Powell-Cotton Trust

Did you know we have a whole bank of free learning resources on the website? Perfect for a #weekendcraft session, head to  the Learning section of our website to download our 'Fabulous Frog Catcher' craft activity today - or choose from a whole host of other fun and fascinating ideas! 

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Did you know we have a whole bank of free learning resources on the website? Perfect for a #weekendcraft session, head to the Learning section of our website to download our `Fabulous Frog Catcher` craft activity today - or choose from a whole host of other fun and fascinating ideas!

#MuseumMake #Learning #Museumcraft #Weekendcraft #powellcottonmuseum #quexgardens #frogcatcher #craft

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The stunning sounds of #QuexGardens and a Robin serenading us this morning as it basks in beautiful sunshine.

A glimmer of sun, a snowdrop sighting... Let us know, what signs of spring can you spot this weekend?

Not long now until we open to visitors for our 'Spring into the Museum' event and we're so looking forward to seeing you all! Opening 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th February - Check out the website for more information about these half term activities.

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The stunning sounds of #QuexGardens and a Robin serenading us this morning as it basks in beautiful sunshine.

A glimmer of sun, a snowdrop sighting... Let us know, what signs of spring can you spot this weekend?

Not long now until we open to visitors for our `Spring into the Museum` event and we`re so looking forward to seeing you all! Opening 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th February - Check out the website for more information about these half term activities.

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

#thingstodokent #visitkent #visitthanet #februaryhalftermkent #quexhouseandgardens
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Don't miss our beautiful new spring product range here at the museum. Spring into the gift shop to browse the collection that includes everything from budget friendly bugs to gorgeous china gifts. 

We have to say, these Gem Bugs really are very cute! Which items do you most like the look of? 

#ReimaginingtheMuseum #Learning #Kentgiftshop #Museumgiftshop #PowellCottonMuseum #QuexHouseandGardens 

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Don`t miss our beautiful new spring product range here at the museum. Spring into the gift shop to browse the collection that includes everything from budget friendly bugs to gorgeous china gifts.

We have to say, these Gem Bugs really are very cute! Which items do you most like the look of?

#ReimaginingtheMuseum #Learning #Kentgiftshop #Museumgiftshop #PowellCottonMuseum #QuexHouseandGardens

@visitkent @kentattractions @visitthanet
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It's #InternationalLEGODay and we're excited to announce a special event here at the museum happening on Father's Day weekend in June. 

Come and visit us on either Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th June and in addition to exploring the museum and gardens, you can also take part in LEGO® workshops which involve creating LEGO® Dot mosaics and taking on fun LEGO® speed building challenges. There'll also be a range of Bricktacular models on display! 

This is the perfect family activity for a unique and special Father's Day - head to the website to book your LEGO® experience today! Pre-booking essential. 

https://powell-cottonmuseum.org/.../bricktacular-adventures/

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions @TheBRICKPeopleLtd #ReimaginingtheMuseum #PowellCottonMuseum #KentMuseums

It`s #InternationalLEGODay and we`re excited to announce a special event here at the museum happening on Father`s Day weekend in June.

Come and visit us on either Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th June and in addition to exploring the museum and gardens, you can also take part in LEGO® workshops which involve creating LEGO® Dot mosaics and taking on fun LEGO® speed building challenges. There`ll also be a range of Bricktacular models on display!

This is the perfect family activity for a unique and special Father`s Day - head to the website to book your LEGO® experience today! Pre-booking essential.

https://powell-cottonmuseum.org/.../bricktacular-adventures/

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions @TheBRICKPeopleLtd #ReimaginingtheMuseum #PowellCottonMuseum #KentMuseums
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This week our artist in residence @juliaellenlancaster_ceramics, has been working with local groups as part of the exciting community outreach initiative - The Sunshine Project. 

Here we can see Julia teaching the group how to make leaf imprints into the clay as they prepare sculptures for the Spring into the Museum Tree Trail. Look out for the faces in the trees as you discover the trees of #Quexgardens during our Spring into the Museum event next month! 

#Behindthescenes #ReimaginingtheMuseum #QuexGardens #Sunshineproject #Learning #thanetcommunity 

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England.
@Aimuseums, @DCMS and @ace_national

https://aim-museums.co.uk/connected-communities-marketing-guidelines/

This week our artist in residence @juliaellenlancaster_ceramics, has been working with local groups as part of the exciting community outreach initiative - The Sunshine Project.

Here we can see Julia teaching the group how to make leaf imprints into the clay as they prepare sculptures for the Spring into the Museum Tree Trail. Look out for the faces in the trees as you discover the trees of #Quexgardens during our Spring into the Museum event next month!

#Behindthescenes #ReimaginingtheMuseum #QuexGardens #Sunshineproject #Learning #thanetcommunity

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England.
@Aimuseums, @DCMS and @ace_national

https://aim-museums.co.uk/connected-communities-marketing-guidelines/
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Museum Close Up:

On his visit to China during his World trip, Percy took great interest in the manufacturing of silk. He brought home a quantity of silk fabric and some Chinese robes decorated with embroidery. (We believe that the embroideries in the Oriental Drawing Room came from these robes. We know they were originally sewn onto silk fabric, which deteriorated over the years and was replaced with the current material on display.) 

The stunning images on the embroideries include typical Chinese subjects - dragons, waves, clouds, insects, birds and flowers in rich gold, green, blue and orange colours.

#kentmuseums #museumcloseup #reimaginingthemuseum #powellcottonmuseum #visitkent #visitthanet

Museum Close Up:

On his visit to China during his World trip, Percy took great interest in the manufacturing of silk. He brought home a quantity of silk fabric and some Chinese robes decorated with embroidery. (We believe that the embroideries in the Oriental Drawing Room came from these robes. We know they were originally sewn onto silk fabric, which deteriorated over the years and was replaced with the current material on display.)

The stunning images on the embroideries include typical Chinese subjects - dragons, waves, clouds, insects, birds and flowers in rich gold, green, blue and orange colours.

#kentmuseums #museumcloseup #reimaginingthemuseum #powellcottonmuseum #visitkent #visitthanet
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