Derek Jarman’s Garden with Jonny Bruce

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Join Jacqui McIntosh (Exhibitions Manager, Drawing Room) and horticulturalist Jonny Bruce as they talk about the evolution of Derek Jarman’s now famous garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness and Jarman’s continuing influence today.

Artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture. His practice included a variety of media, including paintings, poetries, diaries and nature writings. A passionate gardener, he created his garden between 1986 and 1994 in Dungeness, a desolate coastal corner of Kent and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

Having graduated with a degree in Art History, Jonny Bruce immediately turned to horticulture – honing skills at Aberglasney Gardens in Wales before spending two years gardening at Great Dixter in East Sussex. A passion for plant diversity and sustainable growing methods led to his current work at the innovative, organic nursery, De Hessenhof, in the Netherlands. Alongside the practical demands of the nursery Jonny works as a freelance writer, sometime botanical illustrator and is currently coordinating the new maintenance schedule for Prospect Cottage in Dungeness.

FREE, but booking is recommended