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  • 4.0 star rating
    6/6/2012
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    Our j (imdb.com/title/tt0076240) ubilee (imdb.com/title/tt0076240) celebrations included a visit to the late cult punk film director Derek Jarmen's garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness. A place like nowhere else in England's green and pleasant land  it is the only official desert. Hard to believe as it is next to the sea and several man made lakes  it is actually incredibly dry and is formed from the largest stretch of shingle in Europe. An area of special scientific interest and bird watchers paradise all in the shadow of the Dungeness atomic power station. A scene of windswept beach huts, fishing boats and lots and lots of shingle.
    (See photo below)
    And at its heart is Derek Jarman's rather stunning black and yellow cottage with the words of the first stanza and the last five lines of the last stanza of John Donne's poem, The Sun Rising set in raised type on the side of the cottage.
    (See photo below)
    The cottage garden which he developed in the later years of his life is styled around reclaimed pieces of timber salvaged from the sea and salt loving plants. To view more of this garden in its full glory in 2003 take a look through this flickr collection (flickr.com/photos/angusf…) .
    You will not encounter anything else like this in Britain  go see!

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