Derek Jarman's Garden, Hardback Book
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Derek Jarman created his own garden in the flat, bleak expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent.

A passionate gardener from childhood, he combined his painter's eye, his horticultural expertise and his ecological convictions to produce a landscape which mixed the flint, shells and driftwood of Dungeness; sculptures made from stones; the area's indigenous plants; and shrubs and flowers introduced by Jarman himself.

This book, the last he ever wrote, is his own record of how this garden evolved, from its beginnings in 1985 to the day of his death in 1994.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 90 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
  • ISBN: 9780500016565



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Derek Jarman's garden is beautiful and odd. In the mid-1980s he bought a fisherman's cottage on Dungeness, a bleak expanse of shingle on the English south coast with views of the sea, a lighthouse and a massive nuclear power station. I visited Dungeness as a child and was fascinated by how desolate and strange the place is.A few years ago, I visited Dungeness again with friends and we included a trip to see Derek Jarman's garden. Jarman, a painter and film director who died in the 90s, created a garden of stones, native plants and sculptures of wood and metal. It fits the landscape perfectly.This book contains Jarman's writing about his garden right up to the last year of his life, accompanied by pictures taken by a friend of Jarman and the garden. It gave me a real sense of him as a person and increased my enjoyment of seeing the garden in real life.