The Garden of The Old Palace at Hatfield House
The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, President of the Museum, at the age of 94.
Lady Salisbury’s involvement with the Museum began when in 1981 she hosted a garden party at Hatfield House, where John Tradescant was gardener to her late husband’s ancestor, Robert Cecil, at the beginning of the 17th-century; soon afterwards, she designed the knot garden in homage to Tradescant, at the time when her extension and restoration of the gardens at Hatfield transformed a generation’s sense of what a living garden could be.
Together with the founder of the Museum, Rosemary Nicholson, it was Lady Salisbury who, in effect, made the Museum – and she continued to support its growth until very recently with her brilliant ideas, by involving her many friends and fans, and by her generous presence at events.
We shall shortly publish a record of what she did for the Museum; in the meantime, a full obituary of her remarkable life is here.