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Woman of the Week – Gertrude Jekyll

Posted April 16, 2018 4:30 PM by lmno24

Gertrude Jekyll was a British horticulturist, writer, garden designer and artist from London, England.

She designed and created over 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and United States and wrote hundreds of articles on the topic.

She was born to a family that valued the arts and fostering a creative spirit. In 1848, her family left London and moved to Bramley House, Surrey, where she spent her formative years.

Her first love was painting, until she began to lose her sight and she decided to try her hand at gardening.

She was drawn to simple designs but also the organized chaos of cottage style designs. She became one of the biggest influences in the Arts and Crafts movement due to her work with English architect Edwin Lutyens.

Her designs were known for having hefty flower borders and radiant colors. It is said that her gardens looked like “real life” Impressionist paintings.

As she got more into gardening, she decided she wanted to learn more about the plants themselves. She studied horticulture to enhance her work further and to make the spaces functional and long lasting. The skeletons of some of her 400-plus gardens are still around today.

Later in life, Jekyll collected and contributed a vast array of plants solely for the purpose of preservation to numerous institutions across Britain. Jekyll was also known for her many writings. She wrote over fifteen books, ranging from Wood and Garden and her most famous book Colour in the Flower Garden, to memoirs of her youth.

She never married and had no children. She died at age 89 in 1932.

To view some of her gardens, see these galleries.

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