Gardener, writer and plantswoman Beth Chatto has died aged 94.
She who was born on 27 June 1923 and has died peacefully at home with her family by her side on 13 May 2018. There will be a private funeral with a memorial service to follow.
Chatto has received many awards including 10 successive gold medals at RHS Chelsea, the Victoria Medal of Honour and the RHS Lawrence Medal.
She has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 from the Garden Writers Guild (now the Garden Media Guild), and two honorary doctorates from Essex University in 1987 and from Anglia Ruskin University in 2009.
In 2002 Chatto was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours, and her most recent honour came in 2014 when she received The John Brookes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers.
A statement made by The Beth Chatto Gardens said: “Beth’s spirit will live on in the gardens and her gardening ethos will continue through the work of the Beth Chatto Education Trust, established to inspire the next generation of gardeners. She leaves behind her two daughters, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.”
Tim Upson, director of horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society, said: “Beth Chatto was a hugely influential gardener, pioneering a natural and ecologically sensitive style of planting at a time when more formal, structured designs were the norm.
“Her hands on and accessible approach – her many books chronicled her experiences with a range of habitats including gravelly soil to stream-fed bog – inspired an entire generation to get growing through helping them identify the right plant for the right place.”