Derek Jarman's Garden | Thames and Hudson

Regular price $39.00

Deeply personal, this beautifully lyrical small book is a treat for all gardeners, and anyone with a soul!

The final book written by the filmmaker and gay rights activist, Derek Jarman's Garden is Jarman's own record of his garden's evolution and a story of beauty against all odds. Following his diagnosis with HIV, Jarman moved to a cottage in Dungeness, Kent, across from a nuclear power station, where he began cultivating his own garden as a place of hope amid loss and grief. Drawing from his longtime passion for gardening, his painterly eye, and ecological sensitivity, Jarman's garden amalgamated the driftwood, shells, and flint of its surrounding environment; sculptures made from found materials; plants endemic to the area; and Jarman's own introduced shrubs, recorded in over 150 photographs taken by Jarman's friend Howard Sooley. 

  • Hardcover
  • 17.4 x 24 cm
  • 144 pages
  • full-colour illustrations

Meet Derek Jarman The filmmaker, artist, writer, and gay rights activist was renowned for his avant-garde films that dealt openly with themes relating to sexuality and activism. In addition to working across film, visual art, writing, and costume and theatre design, Jarman was a passionate gardener, creating at Prospect Cottage a place of hope amid loss, a cottage-garden made from local plants and re-purposed materials near the Dungeness nuclear power station.