Gertrude Jekyll was perhaps the most important British garden designer of the 20th century.
She famously argued that gardening ought to be considered a Fine Art, highlighting that it becomes a point of honor to be always striving for the best. In her new book, Gertrude Jekyll: Her Art Restored at Upton Grey, author Rosamund Wallinger examines Jekyll's work at Manor House, Upton Grey in Hampshire, England and offers insight into Jekyll's eclectic, imaginative, and inspiring art.
Designed between 1908 and 1909, and once maintained by as many as nine gardeners, the garden fell into disrepair by the second half of the twentieth century, before a full and accurate restoration was carried out in the early 1980s. This restoration was led by Wallinger and her husband, the current owners of Upton Grey.
During this lecture, taken from her years of developing this book, Wallinger will share a visual record of the garden's plants and layout, with original plans and photographs, as well as beautiful images of the garden taken since its restoration. Hear about her experiences with Upton Grey and how her book succeeds in illustrating exactly why Jekyll was so admired in her lifetime and why she continues to inspire and influence gardeners today.
A dessert reception in the Conservatory and book signing will immediately follow the lecture.
This is a one session lecture on February 27, 7:00–9:00 pm.
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