Win a copy of Gertrude Jekyll in Sussex

Gertrude Jekyll in Sussex

A new publication from Sussex Gardens Trust explores the work of Gertrude Jekyll the renowned plantswoman, , through her drawings, correspondence and garden notebooks to reveal a  fascinating picture of her commissions in Sussex.

New research by the Trust throws a light upon some of the less familiar gardens in the county designed by Jekyll, reimagined and brought to life through an extensive use of plans, photographs and planting schemes.

Jekyll described herself as an artist gardener, and her art school training and study of the Impressionist painters, where her aim was to compose a living picture in the garden, with plants arranged in subtle, and sometimes bold, drifts of colour rather than straight lines or stiff blocks.

One of her most ambitious schemes was for the planting scheme at the King Edward VII Sanatorium in Midhurst, designed so that the patients could benefit from being outside and soothed by scented plants such as rosemary and lavender. But her commissions in Sussex were also for smaller, private gardens.

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