The Odd Couple: The Gardens of Edwin Lutyens & Gertrude Jekyll – A talk by by Steven Desmond
Arts Society Steyning monthly talk
In the spring of 1889 the young Edwin Lutyens, later to become the most famous British architect of the 20th century, met the artist-gardener-craftswoman Gertrude Jekyll. She was a well-known eccentric, and a generation older than the young man who communicated with the world through drawings and elaborate jokes.
He found in the daunting Miss Jekyll someone who empathised with his big ideas regarding design, detailing and distinctiveness. She opened social doors to him, and he brought her theories and experiments in garden-making onto the national stage.
Their joint creations of house and garden became the talk of Edwardian society and set a standard of excellence which has been admired ever since. Separately they were interesting, curious, isolated; together they proved irresistible.
Steven is an independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985; freelance lecturer, published writer, and broadcaster.
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