Susan Campbell 1931-2024Back to the grapevine

We are very sad to have to announce that our founder, chairman and friend Susan, passed away on the 2nd January 2024. She had become ill very suddenly after Christmas at home, and died peacefully at the local hospice.
Her family are planning a private funeral followed by a celebration of her life at her home late Spring/early Summer this year

14.9.1931 – 2.1.2024



So, so sad. Susan you were an inspiration to me and so many. You’ve had an amazing life which has touched and influenced so many. God Bless

kate nicoll

So sorry to hear the news. Susan was an inspiration to me and so many colleagues. Much love to Mike and all the family. Let’s make sure we keep up her good work and look after all our Walled Gardens in the way she would expect.

Grace Ellis

Dear Susan you will be much missed. You put walled gardens on the map – literally . I met you at walled gardens Network events and the meet up at Highgrove for your birthday

Zara Gordon Lennox

Very sad news – what a remarkable woman whom we all owe so much and who was so generous with her time and knowledge. RIP

Steffie Shields

Susan’s legacy is incredible and will never be matched. She will be much missed by family, friends and colleagues in the garden history and conservation world and remembered every time a walled garden is visited.

Herman Van den Bossche

Dear Susan, the Flemish team of the Chambord family will remember you as the gentle, bright, smart, skilled, engaged and stimulating, exemplary person, prolific writer and great speaker. I keep the very best memory of you. You will be always in my hart.

Elizabeth Taylor

Susan’s passing will be an enormous loss to the world of the kitchen garden. She was such a very kind lady and ignited my passion for the subject over twenty years ago.

Ben Whitworth, Hestercombe Gardens Trust

So sorry to hear the news of Susan’s death. What a very special person she was, and what an amazing amount she achieved. That photo of her captures her warmth so well. I feel privileged to have known her.


What a sad news. Susan was one of the most inspiring person on historic kitchen gardens. It was always a great pleasure to meet her at gardeners gatherings.
we will miss her. RIP


We are so sorry to hear the news of Susan’s death. What a remarkable woman and what a legacy she leaves for all of us, her books, her scholarship, her research, her inspiration and her love of kitchen gardens. An absolute pleasure and an honour to have met her, she will be so very much missed. With deepest sympathy to her family and friends

Lisa Johnson

Susan was a kind, inspiring and generous lady.
She has left us so much to be thankful for!


Susan was the most wonderful person – full of enthusiasm for her subject, always curious and so generous with her knowledge. She was a huge support to me when I started at Tyntesfield in 2003, immediately making connections with other Gibbs gardens locally and nationally. I will miss her very much. My sincere condolences to Mike and her family.

Rob Willetts

Yes. All the above. I, too, feel priviledged to have known Susan and, through her and her work, the extended WKGN family. Thank you, Susan.

Love to Mike and her family.


We are so sad to hear this. Susan’s exceptional knowledge of gardening and especially Walled and Historic gardens was incredible. She was so generous, curious and kind. It was such an honour to know her. What a huge loss. Thank goodness for her amazing books. Much love to Mike and her family.

Geoff/ Sue Croft

Susan was a person with a great personality ,an expert and true professional lady in every respect who has done so much promoting the restoration of walled gardens. We have been in her company for over 15years at The Walled Garden Seminars learning so much due to her total commitment spearheading the organisation of the annual events and much more . Sincere condolences at this sad time to Mike and family .Geoff/ Sue Croft

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