Anne de Courcy

Gardening’s bad girl: the genius – and malice – of Ellen Willmott

The passionate plant collector grew many prize cultivars, but bobby-trapped her bulbs with explosives and sowed an especially invasive weed in her rivals’ gardens

Ellen Willmott c. 1894. [Berkeley Family and the Spetchley Gardens Charitable Trust]

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