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Gertrude Jekyll And Munstead Wood: The Home Of The “Artist-Gardener”

July 6, 2024
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Date: Saturday 6th July

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Location: Main Hall, Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Cost: £12

Tickets: Via RWC website

Munstead Wood, near Godalming in Surrey, was the home of Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) who is well known as a garden designer and writer but was also accomplished in the decorative arts and photography. In 1882 Jekyll began to create a 15-acre garden which became a place of experimentation, particularly in the colour combinations of hardy flower borders. She designed areas to flower in different seasons, laid out a woodland garden, and established a nursery to supply clients with the plants specified in her designs. Jekyll wrote fifteen books and over a thousand articles which offer an extraordinary record of her gardening activities at Munstead Wood, along with photographs, planting plans and plant lists. The National Trust acquired Munstead Wood in April 2023 and plans are underway to restore the house and garden and explore ways of interpreting Jekyll’s legacy. This talk will present Jekyll’s life and work alongside her fruitful relationship with Edwin Lutyens, and will offer a visual tour of Munstead Wood, where Jekyll’s ideal of the ‘artist-gardener’ achieved complete expression.

Supported by Rottingdean Heritage

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