20th Century Women Gardeners

Monday 15 January 2018 at 2.00 pm

James Bolton

Who were the women gardeners of the twentieth century? From the pioneering women such as Gertrude Jekyll and Ellen Willmott, who first established the place of women among the horticultural elite, by way of midcentury plantswomen like Vita Sackville-West and Marjorie Fish, ultimately in the latter decades of the century to the great professional women, such as Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Penelope Hobhouse, who now dominate English gardening. This lecture looks at the gardeners and their gardens and points how dramatically the rôle and influence of women has changed for good in the horticultural world.