Jun 14, 2022
In this episode sponsored by Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff talks to Sandra Lawrence author of 'Miss Wilmott's Ghosts - The extraordinary life and gardens of a forgotten genius'. They discuss Ellen Wilmott, her upbringing, and her inherited wealth. The 11th century castle and the hidden 'treasures' in its damp cellars.
The legendary parties at Ellen's home Warley Place.
'Wilmott Tombola' with dead mice and silverfish.
Ellen Wilmott 'snubbing' the RHS after being awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour.
Ellen's complicated friendship with Gertrude Jekyll.
Why every Victorian lady should carry knuckle dusters and a revolver.