The Derek Jarman Garden, Bold Tendencies
What we did
Garden design, Landscaping, Planting, Maintenance
Derek Jarman left behind an extraordinary legacy perched on the wild dynamic landscape of the beach at Dungeness - his beloved home, surrounded by a marvel of a garden.
Often portrayed in books and film, the garden has since come to be recognised as a spectacular artwork. The work of the late film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author has seen a revival over the past few years, giving even more critical context to the project.
Rugged yet graceful
Our garden draws on the rugged yet graceful horticultural spirit of Jarman's Prospect Cottage and adapts it to an urban context. It includes many truly rare species alongside the more familiar; Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme. The use of xerophytic (drought-tolerant) desert plants such as Yucca rostrata, Acacia melanoxylon and Agave Americana is sensitive to the climatic conditions on top of a roof.
This space is a vital botanic destination in its own right, as well as providing a green and contemplative counterpoint to Frank’s Café. It captures the imagination across a range of ages and cultures, and as an example of urban landscape design is completely unique. Its windblown aesthetic and responsible use of suitable planting will give pleasure to many over many years to come.
Kindly supported by Cass Art.