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Sandra Lawrence



I've been a freelance writer for the past 23 years, writing for all the broadsheets and many, many magazines and websites, including The Times, Telegraph, The English Garden, LandScape, Homes & Gardens, Garden News, Modern Gardens, Country Life, Britain and British Heritage, for whom I've been a columnist for ten years. I also spent eleven years at the BBC. My blog, The Event Gardener, discusses the kind of vegetables you grow for brief, memorable moments rather than those bulk staples that seemed a good idea when you sowed them but six weeks into the glut you're regretting you ever opened the seed packet. My 14th book, The Witch's Garden, about the folklore of plants, for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) was published last October. I am currently writing a sequel for them, on the folklore of fungi, alongside my 'magnum opus', a new biography of Edwardian plantswoman Ellen Willmott. Separately I'm working on a small volume about her alpine garden and its keeper, Jacob Maurer. I am also currently doing a research masters degree in Garden History at Birkbeck.

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My urban allotment is high on Greenwich Hill in South East London, overlooking Canary Wharf. My home garden, in a small Victorian terrace, is secluded, part formal, part loosely planted. Interests outside gardening include swing dancing, film noir, folklore, femmes fatales, difficult sweets and Arthurian legend. Not necessarily in that order.


  • London
  • United Kingdom

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