How straight are your cucumbers?

Victorian and Edwardian gardeners had a gadget for just about everything – apple pickers, seed tweezers, grape ripeners…but my favourite is probably the cucumber straightener. The Garden Museum in Lambeth, south London, has a marvellous collection of such items, as well as pony shoes, paintings, a very charming miniature garden with teeny little garden rollers and benches – and yes, a few gnomes too. I’ve just finished making a family trail for the museum – a little bit of it is shown above but you’ll have to go on a visit there to see more. As an extra incentive, I can tell you that the cafe is very, very delicious.

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