Dungeness not a place you would expect such an important garden…. Prospect Cottage


Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage Garden Dungeness

Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage Garden Dungeness

Ripples in the gravel add interest and he used to make differing patterns depending on his mood

Ripples in the gravel add interest and he used to make differing patterns depending on his mood

Rear of the cottage

Rear of the cottage

Rear of the cottage

Rear of the cottage

Use of standing stones and beach litter for interest

Use of standing stones and beach litter for interest

A vegetable patch of sea kales

A vegetable patch of sea kales

The famous lines .... carved in wood  read 'Modern Nature' by Derek Jarman to appreciate the meaning.

The famous lines …. carved in wood read ‘Modern Nature’ by Derek Jarman to appreciate the meaning.

Sitting on a bleak (especially in winter) gravel beach with no shelter except for the distant cover of a nuclear power station, is a little timber cottage with a remarkable garden. There is no soil and the wind and salt beat this piece of the British coastline ferociously.

The garden was created by the brilliant and controversial filmmaker Derek Jarman. He decided to make the garden and wrote candid journals while doing so. He had recently discovered that he was HIV positive and wanted the solitude that he felt was almost thrust upon him anyway at that time of ignorance. He regarded himself as ‘ the most fortunate film maker of my generation’.

The garden is now a private residence so viewing with discretion is essential as not to intrude on the current owners privacy, but if you get the chance do pop by and have a look and see how this garden has has almost appeared out of nothing and yet blends with careful indigenous planting into the very natural landscape it sits in .

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