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Ellen Ann Willmott - a true genius of the place

Article Index

  1. Ellen Ann Willmott - a true genius of the place
  2. Early life
  3. Warley Place
  4. A family of gardeners
  5. The Alpine Garden
  6. Gardening in France
  7. Bulb breeding
  8. An Italian garden
  9. Plant collecting
  10. Publications
  11. Critical acclaim
  12. Financial worries
  13. A disagreement with E.A. Bowles
  14. World War One
  15. Warley under threat
  16. The post-war years
  17. An eccentric old lady
  18. Lasting reputation
  19. Endnotes
  20. All Pages

Ellen Ann Willmott, described by her contemporary Gertrude Jekyll as being ‘the greatest of living women-gardeners’, is today known mostly for her Genus Rosa as well as for the clandestine efforts she undertook in introducing the sea holly, ‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’ into the gardens she visited. Dr Susan Gordon investigates the remarkable life of this Victorian genius of the place.