After the extraordinary success of the memoir writing competition that we launched last year, The Garden Museum is delighted to announce that the Mollie Salisbury Cup will run again in 2019, once more generously sponsored by the Cecil family.
This year’s theme is ‘The Problem With Gardening.’ Candidates are invited to send entries, of no more than 1,500 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17th May. The winner will receive £750, and two runners-up £250 each, and the winning entry will be published in Hortus. They will also read their work aloud on the final day of the Garden Museum Literary Festival 2019, taking place at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, on 21st and 22nd June 2019.
Last year we received well over 100 entries of astounding quality. The judges – Lord Charles Cecil, Allan Jenkins and Tom Stuart-Smith – eventually chose three winners whose work perfectly encapsulated 2018’s theme of ‘My First Garden.’ You can read their work here.
This year’s judges are:
Lady Rose Cecil is a mixed media artist, jewellery designer and writer. She is the daughter of the late Marchioness of Salisbury.
Nicola Shulman is a writer and historian who has written books about Reginald Farrer and Thomas Wyatt. She is a trustee of The Garden Museum.
Mary Keen is a celebrated garden designer and writer who writes for The Telegraph and The Spectator and has designed gardens in the UK, Corfu, France and America. She is the author of six books.
Mollie Salisbury (1922 – 2016) was a celebrated garden designer whose glorious creation at Hatfield House, the Jacobean Cecil family home in Hertfordshire, has won plaudits from critics and visitors alike. Despite having no conventional training, her careful study of contemporary houses in England and Europe, and of Hatfield’s archives, led to a garden with formal and informal elements. She also created gardens for The Prince of Wales, Evgeny Lebedev and Peter Brant, as well as rooftops and balconies in London. Lady Salisbury worked tirelessly well into her eighties, and was an early campaigner for organic gardening. Her memoirs, A Gardener’s Life (Frances Lincoln, 2007), tell her remarkable story.