(1893–1969), English plantswoman, gardener, and author, creator of the garden at East Lambrook Manor (Somerset) from 1938 onwards. She took a special interest in curious forms of English native plants and devised an informal planting style in which to deploy them. She was the author of several books of which We Made a Garden (1956) gives a not always deliberately amusing account of the beginning of her gardening life with her husband Walter. Their joint gardening activities revealed hitherto unknown abysses of incompatibility—he loved large, bright flowers (dahlias the size of soup plates) and sabotaged some of her less showy plantings. Her other books such as Gardening in the Shade (1964) and A Flower for Every Day (1965) are still valuable and show her keenly observant eye for plants and deep practical knowledge of their behaviour in the garden. Generous with advice and plants, she inspired many novice gardeners and had a profound influence on vernacular garden taste in England in the second half of the 20th century.
From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.