Gertrude Jekyll; artist, gardener, craftswoman

Posted on March 6th, 2009 by Charles Boot
Dec ’09
7:30 pm

Lecture by Professor Michael Tooley
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

7.30pm, Thursday 10 December

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) has been described as “one of the greatest gardeners that has ever lived”, and more than seventy-five years after her death her ideas and practice are as fresh and relevant as they were over a hundred years ago. As an artist gardener she stands head and shoulders above her peers and those who followed her. She opined that, ‘the first purpose of a garden is to be a place of quiet beauty such as will give delight to the eye and repose and refreshment to the mind’, and achieved this by applying six ‘principles’ of garden design; so successful were they that clients flocked to seek her advice. She designed over 400 gardens, many in association with the most distinguished architects of the day, such as Sir Robert Lorimer, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Oliver Hill. Her early life and influences will be treated, her principles of garden design outlined and examples given of gardens in Scotland, England and overseas. Michael will have copies of his book available for sale at the lecture.

£3 for member and £5 for non-members

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