A Woman’s Place: Three Female Artists and their Gardens

The culmination of my BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University was my creative writing dissertation, A Woman’s Place: Three Female Artists and their Gardens.

The three women of this piece each found their gardens to be a sanctuary, source of inspiration and creative medium in their lives as artists. All of them belonged to the dynamic era of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, a time of women’s liberation and revolutionary art movements that swept Europe. For Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) and Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) gardens were not merely pretty places of flower borders and pergolas, they became treasured artistic outlets and restorative havens in which to paint, sculpt, write and think away from the binds of domestic duties and social pressures. This is a journey around those gardens.

It is a piece of creative non-fiction, and a mixture of garden history and biography.

Please read it via the following links:


Getrude Jekyll and Hestercombe Garden

Vita Sackville-West and Sissinghurst Castle

Barbara Hepworth and Trewyn Studio Garden