Recollections of a Gardener's Daughter

Just what was Monk's House garden like in the days of the Woolfs?

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Leonard Woolf worked alongside his gardener, Percy Bartholomew, to create and maintain the garden here at Monk's House. Join Percy's daughter, Marie Bartholomew, on this very special tour as she describes, using her own memories, what life was like working in this beautiful Bloomsbury garden.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Monk's House


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £6.40 £5.75
Child £3.30 £3.00
Family £16.20 £14.70
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.45

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

The basics

Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Meet on the lawn by the conservatory.
What to bring and wear
Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather on the day.
Monk's House garden is partly accessible with some steps and uneven paths throughout.
This event is dependent upon the attendance of Marie Bartholomew and if, for any reason, she is unable to attend, it will not run. Please check our twitter feed for updates to avoid disappointment.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
17 August 2017 15:00 - 16:00 Available
21 September 2017 15:00 - 16:00 Available
19 October 2017 15:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Monk's House
Call 01273 474760

Upcoming events

Writing in Virginia Woolf's Garden

Sat 29 Jul 2017
Why not soak up a little inspiration from the garden that was so influential on the work of Virginia Woolf on this exclusive writer's morning.

Readings in the Garden

Sat 29 Jul 2017
Join Larry Yates for readings in the garden and hear some of Virginia's Woolf's most famous words in situ.

Garden Tour

Fri 04 Aug 2017
Join our gardener on a guided tour.


Sat 12 Aug 2017
Come and see this lively performance by Compton Little Theatre in the gardens of Monk's House.

Recollections of a Gardener's Daughter

Thu 17 Aug 2017
Just what was Monk's House garden like in the days of the Woolfs?

The Woolfs in Rodmell: A Village Tour

Thu 31 Aug 2017
Unlock the history of Rodmell, the village so loved by Leonard and Virginia.