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