|Folly Farm in Berkshire, a Jekyll, Lutyens garden being restored by |
Dan Pearson, one of the best current garden designers.
I was rifling through a pile of old gardening books looking for inspiration when one of my favourite tomes came to the surface, Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden and soon became engrossed in that Edwardian age of style, both from the point of view of house and garden. It was also a reminder that with another 800 house estate being approved nearby we are losing both style and space in increasing amounts; what constitute a home these days is little more than the old terraces provided in Victorian times.
|The Wood Hut|
It would be easy to fill pages with pictures of Mr Lutyens' glorious country homes, most in the arts and crafts style. All had or used local stone brick and wood as part of the brief and all were harmonious with the surroundings and Miss Jekyll's inspired plantings. Lutyens himself laid out many of the garden designs and Gertrude filled in the planting areas with her plant layouts.
Several of the houses and gardens during this long collaboration became almost a template for the age. Lutyens moved on from the Arts and Crafts architecture of the period, but Jekyll’s designs continued. Later the style became less popular and many of the gardens were lost forever, including her own at Munstead Wood - she never made any arrangements for it to be continued after her death, believing gardens are a transient thing, but in the end her means to look after the house and gardens had dwindled after the Great War and she could not afford the staff to maintain it all and it became overgrown and the house no longer was updated.
Le Bois des Moutiers - this French property was redesigned by Lutyens and Jekyll designed the gardens, a rare venture outside the UK: