A Gardening Year at Grim’s Dyke:

The Arts & Crafts home of Operatic Dramatist Sir William Gilbert and Victorian Painter Frederick Goodhall

Helenka Jurgielewicz – Head Gardener, Grim’s Dyke Hotel

Monday 8 January

Online 6:00pm-7:00pm (Online)

Photo: Grim’s Dyke Hotel, courtesy of Grims Dyke Hotel

Take a tour through the seasons and through history at Grim’s Dyke, former home of the famous Victorian librettist and wit WS Gilbert. Named after the ancient earthwork that wends its way through the grounds, this lovely arts & crafts mansion situated high on Harrow Weald is now a hotel with grade II listed gardens. In this talk discover a taste of the estate history, an insight into the lives of the former residents and the current trials and tribulations of the gardeners in their bid to upkeep and restore this wonderful place.  

Helenka Jurgielewicz has been Head Gardener at Grim’s Dyke Hotel for 15 years. She grew up in Yorkshire and undertook her horticultural training at Capel Manor NCH, RHS Wisley and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where she secured her Diploma of  Horticulture ( Hons). Former jobs include Conservation work in Mauritius – island restoration planting. TV Horticultural researcher for BBC ‘Year at Kew’ series. Archaeologist – rescue archaeology excavator for York Archaelogy Trust, latterly Museum of London amongst many others.