Beth Chatto and a Green Tapestry

It was with great sadness that I read about the death of Beth Chatto on 13th May.  For me and many others she was an inspiration.  I remember my first visit to her garden to see the dry garden soon after it had been planted.  It was a revelation!  I loved everything about it.

Beth’s knowledge shared generously in her books were a joy to read.  Her book about the making of the dry garden in the old car park was a major starting point for the design of my garden here.  She will be missed by many and remembered by so many gardeners who learned the value of “Right Plant, Right Place” even if she maintained that she hadn’t coined the phrase.

I’m sure there will be many tributes; she influenced a generation of gardeners and garden designers.

With so much rain this spring my garden is all lush green; I hope a true green tapestry.

Upper Drive border

A Green Tapestry, The Slope

I will miss knowing you are there in your garden, Beth.  Thank you.

31 thoughts on “Beth Chatto and a Green Tapestry

  1. She was a real inspiration and we are blessed that she shared her passion and knowledge with us. Thank you for the memorial blog!

  2. I hadn’t heard the news about Beth, I will miss her inspiration very much indeed. My first gardening book was her book “The Green Tapestry” and she has certainly inspired me and the way I have made the garden here. Lots of my plants came from her nursery, the car used to be packed when returning from visiting our daughter in Essex and I always enjoyed visiting her garden. She will be sadly missed.

    • The first garden that was properly mine was planted with many of her plants. Going to the nursery was such a joy and a temptation and always beautifully laid out so you could find just what you needed. A very sad loss indeed.

  3. I was so sad to read this news, Christina. She was one of my great heroines too and I had the privilege of meeting her and interviewing her when I lived in Suffolk. Have a lovely picture that I took of among her snowdrops: need to get it out tonight and have another look. She has had such a huge impact on our lives.I think she would have loved to see your own personal ‘green tapestry’ – whenever I look at pictures of your lovely garden I can see that you’ve taken everything and run with it!

  4. The death of a gardener doesn’t make the news here so the loss of Beth Chatto, like the loss of Californian Ruth Bancroft late last year, arrived via blog posts. I too am saddened by the news and hope that something is done to preserve Chatto’s legacy, along the lines taken in the case of Ruth Bancroft.

    Your upper drive and slope look splendid! How I wish my own back slope could look like that! Rain really does make a difference as I saw all too clearly when I compared some photos of my back garden last May and this May just the other day.

  5. Sad news indeed Christina. I will never forget the sight and sound of the gravel garden (so many bees) on a hot August day. She was a really remarkable lady. Hopefully the garden will live on as Great Dixter has done after Christopher Lloyd’s death. Her granddaughter has been very much involved in the running of the nursery so perhaps she will now take the helm. Lap up the rain and your green tapestry.

    • I was so pleased to read that Beth’s granddaughter was involved with the garden now because I had heard in the past that the family weren’t interested. A garden is such a personal and ephemeral thing, I do hope that it continues to change and develop.

  6. Christina is very sorry for the death of Beth Chatto, a great gardener who inspired you a lot because of what you can see. I did not know her but I’m going to look to see if I find any of her books in Spanish. Hopefully, her granddaughter will continue the legacy of Beth Chatto. Your garden looks as beautiful as ever: green everywhere, divine. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  7. A lovely tribute, and it has been interesting to read just how many people were inspired by her in different ways. Having only recently read the collection of letters between her and Christopher Lloyd her lively conversation is still fresh in my mind

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