Sandra Lawrence

Miss Willmott's Ghosts

County Buildings
Tue 27 Sep
13:00 UK

Described by Gertrude Jekyll as ‘the greatest of all living woman gardeners’, Ellen Ann Willmott was a Victorian genius. Her achievements in horticulture, botany, landscape architecture and photography should have made her famous. Instead she gained infamy as gardening’s 'bad girl', an eccentric miser, so malicious that she would sprinkle weeds in the gardens of her rivals. 

Sandra Lawrence’s talks about her brilliant and original biography, in which she tries to find the secrets behind Ellen’s thorniness. An engrossing tale of gossip, sisters, squandered inheritance, forbidden love, bad marriages and, at the heart of it all, trailblazing talent. 'An amazing read! I galloped through it' - Lady Antonia Faser. 

About the Author

Sandra Lawrence is a freelance journalist and author, who specialises in heritage and garden writing. Titles she has written for include the The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Country Life and Homes & Gardens.

Copies of Sandra Lawrence's book Miss Willmott's Ghosts are available here.