The Museum Gardens were established as a botanic garden by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society within the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey, founded by the Benedictines, which since the Dissolution has become a picturesque set of ruins. The abiding botanic element in the gardens has been the Arboretum. Ewan has drawn some of the rare trees to illustrate a book on the history of the gardens. Twelve of Ewan’s drawings are included in the book, which was officially launched on 6th and 7th November, 2018.
Hogarth PJ and Anderson EW. “The most fortunate situation: The Story of York’s Museum Gardens” York: Yorkshire Philosophical Society, 2018.