8th December 1932. Jekyll and Lutyens.

Crooksbury House

Crooksbury House. a typical Lutyens house.

Just as the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham had his ‘lollipops’ so today’s post is one of mine.

It celebrates Gertrude Jekyll who died Today in 1932, one of the most influential garden designers of her time.(1)

She was aided in this by her happy collaboration with the famous architect Edwin Lutyens, who began his practice at Crooksbury, Farnham, Surrey, where he met Gertrude in 1888.(2)

In 1896 Lutyens worked on Jekyll’s House at Munstead Wood, Godalming, where hardy shrubs, herbaceous borders along with stairs, balustrades and terracing became the signature design of their partnership.

The use of lilies, lupins, lavender and delphiniums were planted in swathes of informality contrasting the regimented style of the early 19th century, a natural style influencing aspirant suburbia ever since. 

Munstead in the Arts and Crafts style was Gertrude’s home from 1897-1932 and like all others of Lutyens, was designed to complement the garden.

Summer garden Munstead Wood.

Summer garden Munstead Wood.

Gertrude Jekyll rose.

Gertrude Jekyll rose by David Austin. Highly scented and used in pot-pourri. Credit Jay Williams.







With gardening being such an ephemeral business the original planting and design can soon be lost but luckily there are plans of the original Jekyll gardens which have enabled them to be restored.

Upton grey, Hampshire.

Upton Grey, Hampshire. Happy association of Jekyll and Lutyens.

Jekyll’s brother was a friend of author, Robert Louis Stevenson and one wonders if he borrowed the name for his novel Jekyll and Hyde.


Hestercombe Gardens is a fine example of collaboration in classical  garden design on a grand scale.

‘Lesson I have learned and wish to pass on is the enduring happiness that love of gardening gives’: Gertrude Jekyll. Amen to that.

(1) G. Jekyll (1843-1932).

(2) E.Lutyens (1869-1944).

Ref: greatbritishgardens.co.uk/best-gardens.

Ref: countrylifeimages/crooksbury-house.

Ref: telegraph.co.uk/gardens/gertrude-jekyll/Pic of rose.

Ref: wikipedia.org/gertrude_jekyll.

Ref: website.lineone.net/upton-grey/Pic Image.

Ref: wikipedia.org/munstead_wood/Pic Image.



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My name is Colin Dunkerley who having spent two years in the Royal Army Pay Corps ploughed many a barren industrial furrow until drawn to the 'chalk-face' as a teacher, now retired. I have spent the last 15 years researching all aspects of life in Britain since Roman times.

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