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Film | Jarman’s Garden Legacy with Michael Charlesworth

We are pleased to offer this event as part of our online Public Programme. Available as film only.

In our last event of 2020, we were pleased to welcome Michael Charlesworth to the Garden Museum, live from Texas, exploring Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage.

Michael was joined by Jonny Bruce, who gardened at the Cottage with Keith Collins and is now responsible for maintaining this renowned garden, and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, landscape designer and historian to look back on the garden’s history, it’s creation and processes, the trials and tribulations of gardening in such a desolate place through to the garden’s legacy and how it has become a national treasure.

As an added bonus, ticket holders will also receive a digital copy of Gardens Illustrated bookazine Pots of Style (RRP £7.99):

Pots of Style by Gardens Illustrated is brimming with ideas for creating beautiful container displays that celebrate the seasons. It explains how best to combine plants in pots of all shapes and sizes and for gardens of all styles, with easy-to-follow designs from some of the UK’s leading plants people.


  • Michael Charlesworth

    Michael Charlesworth

    Michael Charlesworth has lived in Austin, where he is Professor of art history at the University of Texas, since 1993. His books include Landscape and Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France (2008) and The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer: Landscape, Literature, and Buddhism (2018). He is also a garden historian, specializing in the eighteenth century. He traces the origin of the gothic revival to Wentworth Castle in Yorkshire, and much of his work on that Jacobite domain appeared in the New Arcadian Journal. Charlesworth's interpretation of the landscape garden at Stourhead has become enshrined in the National Trust's visitor guides, and in addition to elucidating the connections between art and strategic intelligence-gathering in the eighteenth century, he was the first scholar to link the gothic novel to Protestant guilt about the dissolution of the monasteries, in The Gothic Revival: Literary sources and Documents (2002). His book, Derek Jarman appeared in 2011, one of Reaktion Books' "Critical Lives" series.

  • Jonny Bruce

    Jonny Bruce

    Jonny Bruce is a gardener and writer who first discovered Jarman’s garden 10 years ago as an Art History student. Later, while training at nearby Great Dixter, he began helping Keith Collins tend the garden. Since Keith’s sudden death in 2018 Jonny has been responsible for maintaining the garden at Prospect Cottage.

  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan takes on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad. Many of them have included an element of conservation; Todd brings to his landscape design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian.

Image: Photos by Jonny Bruce