Watercress and Daffodils: The book

Kearsney Interpreted

Clare Smith’s book, Watercress and Daffodils, to accompany the video of the same name is out! It includes essays by Karen Jones (University of Kent), Charles Holland (Charles Holland Architects), Philip Hutton (Architect) Richard Taylor (artist), Louisa Love (artist) and haikus by Ben Hunt. Book design by Edda Salander-Jones.

From the introduction:

In setting out to make Watercress and Daffodils, my aim was to bring together, into the filmic space, the now separate private and public gardens that once made up Kearsney Court Gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson (1861-1933), the first English garden designer to call himself a landscape architect. The private gardens now comprise Kearsney Court Gardens, attached to the set of 7 houses comprising Kearsney Court, and the former kitchen garden. The public gardens are known as Russell Gardens and are a very rare example of Mawson’s work, open to the public in the south east.

Little did I know that through the process of interviewing and talking to the protagonists that there would also be a personal story of closure – unearthing and revelation – that reflected the laying bare of the garden as it was about to undergo a process of restoration. (Clare Smith)

Comments on the book:

  • Very happy to have contributed to Watercress and Daffodils, a lovely study of Kearsney Park in Dover by my friend and occasional colleague Clare Smith of @DoverArts(Charles Holland)
  • very happy to have contributed a short reflective essay ‘It Grows With Me: On Porous Borders’ to @clare_smith ‘s new book ‘Watercress & Daffodils’, published to accompany her beautiful film of the same name. A lovely, ruminative book with photography & haiku by @benjamin.a.hunt and excellent texts also from @charlesjholland@richard_taylor_artist_writer Karen R Jones, Philip Hutton, and of course dear Clare herself (Louisa Love)
  • This beautifully designed book is a wonderful addition to Clare Smith’s film of the same name. They are together an important legacy of the art in the park Kearsney interpreted project providing innovative and imaginative ways of engaging with Russel Gardens and the work of Thomas Mawson (Joanna Jones)
  • I met with Karen Jones today and she gave me a copy of the Watercress & Daffodils booklet. I just wanted to drop you a note to say how brilliant I thought it was! I can’t wait to watch the video now… (Jon Winder)
  • I’ve studied the book I got from you and I found it interesting and exciting. (Janos Malina)