Hobhouse is a garden writer, garden designer, garden historian,
lecturer and gardener. For fourteen years until 1993 with her husband,
Professor John Malins, she was in charge of the National Trust Gardens
at Tintinhull House in Somerset. Today she lives in Dorset and travels
in Europe, Australia and the United States lecturing and designing
Penelope Hobhouse and Associates is a small design office in the
west of England, with an associate Nan Sinton in Boston, USA.
Hobhouse was born in Northern Ireland in 1929 - Cambridge Honours
Degree Economics 1951 MA
Her publications include: Colour in Your Garden, Plants in Garden
History, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Penelope Hobhouse’s
Garden Designs, and Penelope Hobhouse’s Natural Planting.
In 1996 Penelope Hobhouse hosted The Art and Practice of Gardening
(with Perennial Productions) for House and Garden Television
in the United States.
She has designed gardens in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain
and Germany. They include a garden for Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,
at Walmer Castle in Kent, ‘The Country Garden’ for the
Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, a renaissance-style garden
in Italy and a garden for the fashion designer, Jil Sander, in Germany.
In the United States she has designed gardens in New York, Maine,
Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Texas. They include a Herb
Garden for the New York Botanical Garden.
She designed a Mediterranean-type Garden for the Philadelphia Flower
Show in March 2001 where she also lectured.
Hobhouse is an Associate Editor of the magazine Gardens Illustrated
and a member of the advisory panel of TheGardenLine.com.
In 1993 Penelope Hobhouse received an Award of Excellence for her
book, Gardening Through the Ages from the Garden Writers Association
In December 1996 she received the Royal Horticultural Society Victoria
Medal of Honour, the highest award given by the RHS to British Horticulturists.
In November 1999 she received the Life Time Achievement Award from
the Guild of Garden Writers.