Born: Oc­to­ber 4, 1858, Fins­bu­ry Cir­cus, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: June 15, 1932, Not­ting Hill, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Dorothy was the daugh­ter of Fred­er­ick Blom­field, Rec­tor at St. An­drew’s Un­der­shaft in Lon­don. She mar­ried Ger­ald Gur­ney (a some time ac­tor) in 1897. Her hus­band was orig­in­al­ly an Ang­li­can priest, but they both joined the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic church in 1919. Do­ro­thy is per­haps best known for her po­em which is the source of the verse oft­en seen on gar­den signs:

God’s Garden

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.



  1. O Perfect Love