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At the University of California, were collected documents on many of his gardens, some of his most beautiful drawings, photographs, letters and memorabilia, it is here that Rosamund Wallinger found the original projects for the restructuring of Upton Grey!



Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll

(1843-1932) was a designer of gardens and gardening writer.
He wrote more than 1000 articles for magazines such as Country life and The garden, and has created over 400 gardens, you can still admire in Great Britain in Europe and North America; his theories still affect the world in designing gardens.

Born in London, from a wealthy family, Gertrude Jekyll and studied botany at the Kensington art school of the South, where the draw is influenced by gardens "Art and Crafts" principles that absorbs by John Ruskin and William Morris. A sympathetic method between home and surroundings as a function of the living; each single plant should be assessed for culture, habit, leaves and colors to achieve a practical effect, beautiful and appropriate. The garden should reveal unexpected peeks and surprises for the pictorial lives. 

An unusual choice for a young woman in the Victorian era; Gertrude had a certain character and a great talent as a painter.
Long after he started designing gardens, and his education at the art school has facilitated the presentation of projects to its customers.
It is precisely his exceptional watercolors that faithfully reproduce the arrangement of the gardens she created, in particular "areas of colorful flowers.

His work is known for the colors and brush strokes of color that you will recognize in the gardens and in his books describe schemas and style through Impressionist designs. Jekyll was one of the first garden design to consider color, his theory how to design with colour was influenced by painter JMW Turner and the colour wheel theory.

Gertrude Jekyll began writing articles on successful magazines, where William Robinson wrote of "Natural Gardens and herbs. Already since the early 1880, was a senior figure within the RHS, eventually receiving the Veitch Memorial Medal and the Medal of honor Victoria in 1897 along with Ellen Ann Willmott.

Gertrude Jekyll, has spent many years working alongside English architect Edwin Lutyens, that meets in 1889, for the first time.  It is you who introduced him in his social circle with important customers and provides plans and drawings for its gardens.

An important project was to his new home near Godalming, Surrey, designed by Lutyens, in the middle of an experimental garden, faithful to its principles, used for the local Bargate stone, sand paths, consisting of seasonal plants and theme colors, rustic plant, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, vines and shrubs, outside the forest boundary formalities.


Here, Miss Jekyll developed his ideas on plants with touches of color, rooted in the theories of Michel Eugène Chevreul, so that the border is willing, as a color wheel, with each group consisting of multiple locations of the same complementary color, to stabilize groups of grey and white.

These experiments formed the basis of the Gertrute Jekyll, recognizable in its gardens, Hestercombe, Upton Grey, Heywood in Ireland or Le Bois des Moutiers in France. Simple geometry, blocks of pink roses, China (below), the yucca spikes, bergenia cushions and Stachys bizantina, used as borders around stone walls.

Gertrude Jekyll never married, throughout his life, he traveled the world and continued to draw up plans for other people's gardens, she rarely visited these gardens, by designing them from afar.