Dorothy Whiddett: gardening diaries, photographs and plan (catalogued)

Scope and Content

The archive comprises gardening diaries written periodically between 1968 and 2000, largely recording information about Dorothy Whiddett's plants and garden, photographs of the Whiddett family in the garden, and notes and papers collected by Dorothy Whiddett

Names that occur frequently in the diaries:

Joe, husband

Jennifer or J, only daughter

Melloney, granddaughter, born 1977

Benjamin or Ben, grandson, born 1980

Frimley, Surrey, home to Jennifer and family

Shirley, a friend who helped in the garden

Bill and Albert, friends who helped in the garden


The archive has been arranged by record type: diaries, and photographs, with notes supplied by Jenny Tyte.

Conditions Governing Access


Open for consultation. It is essential to check opening hours and make an appointment.

Acquisition Information

The archive was donated by Jenny Tyte, daughter of Dorothy Whiddett, in Aug 2012.

Other Finding Aids

The Lindley Library descriptive catalogue, available on-line via the Archives Hub, and as a paper copy in the research room.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Liz Taylor, RHS Lindley Library archivist, in May 2015. Research and packaging assistance given by Mara Uzzell, RHS Lindley Library volunteer.

Custodial History

The records were kept in the family after Dorothy Whiddett's death in 2002.