The Lost Gardens of Lydiard Park and the Tower of London

I’ve had such fun researching and creating my talk for The Village Garden Club of La Jolla on the Lost Gardens of Lydiard Park and the Tower of London. Fascinating research on plantings, recipes, remedies and archeology…and the people who tended them. There have been St.Johns and their antecedents at Lydiard Park since the 14th Century, so there have been a few different gardeners along the way. My talk today brings to life three woman I am particularly fond of – Lucy St.John (The Lady of the Tower); Lady Johanna St.John (Written in Their Stars) and Lady Diana Spencer, First Viscountess Bolingbroke (more info on The Lydiard Archives). We have evidence in their letters, recipe book and paintings of their love of gardens. It’s a pleasure to bring them to life.

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