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Last opportunity to see the Gardening Women exhibition at Sissinghurst


Just a reminder that the exhibition is only open until Sunday 21 October so still time to visit. You may have missed the old roses in the gardens but there's still masses to see. I'm off there again this weekend to see the splendid late summer colour.

I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to curate this exhibition at Sissinghurst. It is free to visitors of this world-famous garden and runs from 5 May until 21 October. Highlights include a beautiful suffrage banner embroidered by Gertrude Jekyll and one of Vita Sackville-West's own garden notes which, we believe, has never been publically displayed before. And some marvellous film footage of early women garden students 

Norah Lindsay at Chirk Castle

One of the aims of this website is to create an online source of information about women and horticulture together with the gardens they were involved with especially those that there wasn't room to include in my book. The first addition to this database is a romantic garden created in the grounds of Chirk Castle, Nr Wrexham. Norah Lindsay, one of my favourite 'Gardening Women', a grande dame with grand ideas, was a close friend of the Howard de Walden family who leased the calse in 1911. Norah stayed with the family not only as a friend but as a garden designer. She influenced the design of the topiary and created enormous labour-intensive herbaceous borders -but there were eighteen gardeners to tend them!

Chirk Castle is now maintained by the National Trust. Visit their website for opening dates: Chirk Castle