Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

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Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
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Eleanour Sophy Sinclair Rohde

Died1950 (age 68-69)
OccupationGardener, garden historian, horticultural writer

Eleanour Sophy Sinclair Rohde (1881–1950) was a British gardener, garden historian, and horticultural writer.

Life and works[edit]

The Castle where Rohde was commissioned to work has this main manor house and a crenellated, turreted, restored medieval gatehouse which was in ruin until some time after Rohde's work.

For much of her life she lived in a slightly larger than average detached house but with a much larger than average garden, Cranham Lodge, Reigate. She collected unusual herb and vegetable varieties, and also worked as a garden designer. One of her most visited designs was the herb garden for Lullingstone Castle in west Kent, England. Her work did much to encourage the modern popularity of herb gardens, her most acclaimed work being The Scented Garden (1931).[1][2]

Works (selected)[edit]

  • 1921: A Garden of Herbs
  • 1922: The Old English Herbals
  • 1924: The Old English Gardening Books
  • 1925: The Old-World Pleasaunce: an anthology, of extracts in prose and verse relating to gardening
  • 1927: Garden-craft in the Bible and other essays. Herbert Jenkins
  • 1929: A Chaplet of Flowers: an anthology
  • 1931: The Scented Garden
  • 1932: Oxford's College Gardens; illustrated by Estella Canziani. Herbert jenkins
  • 1932: The Story of the Garden; with a chapter on American Gardens by Mrs Francis King; Pub. The Medici Society Ltd
  • 1939: The Gardener's Week-end Book. Seeley Service & Co. (with Eric Parker)
  • 1940: Culinary and Salad Herbs: their cultivation and food values
  • 1940: The Wartime Vegetable Garden, Medici Society (reprinted 1941, twice, & 1942)
  • 1943: Uncommon Vegetables, London: Country Life (1943)


  1. ^ *Joan Thirsk, ‘Rohde, Eleanour Sophy Sinclair (1881–1950)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 1 Jan 2008
  2. ^ Eleanour Sinclair Rohde Exploring Surrey's Past, volunteer organisation supported by Surrey County Council. Retrieved 06-01-14

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