Gertrude Jekyll on Gardening - Gertrude JekyllLondon: National Trust, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper tanned on the verso and flaps. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Appendix; Plans; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Penelope Hobhouse’s passionate concern to communicate Gertrude Jekyll’s ideas to modern gardeners is the inspiration for this book. It is a practical guide to the use of Miss Jekyll’s ideas on colour and plant arrangement in the modern garden, where not only scale but labour is severely restricted. The details of her teaching are translated into modern gardening terms without losing the essence of her romantic vision or her inspired sense of colour.
The idea of gardening as an isolated activity was alien to Miss Jekyll. In her own garden at Munstead Wood she not only pioneered the use of related flower and leaf colour to build up a border in the same sense as she, in her early training as an artist, had learnt to paint a picture — she also thought of the garden in terms of seasonal compartments. There was a spring garden for bulbs, primroses and emergent foliage, an iris and peony border, her great mid-summer colour border where pale flowers and grey foliage at the extreme ends were gradually built up to strong, vivid scarlet and orange in the centre. An August garden of pretty pinks and greys and a September double border of Michaelmas daisies were separately located.
In this book, while accepting modern limitations on space and labour, it is shown that the details from these separate parts of her garden, or from her numerous plans for others, can be taken and usefully adapted to small areas. Her sure sense of colour and association, and her strong preference for certain plants give a clearly recognizable Jekyllian stamp to such arrangements. It is interesting to note how many of her preferred plants are still considered first-class today.
The book follows the chronological pattern used in Wood and Garden (1897), her first complete volume, taking months of the year in sequence; further chapters quote from her writings on colour, the pergola and water in the garden. Extracts from all her works are freely quoted, helping to trace her own development as a thinker and gardener until her death in 1932. The names of plants are brought up to date with accepted modern botanical nomenclature and new plants and methods are suggested when they seem better (she would have been the first to adapt to these herself) or when her own appear extravagant in time and labour.”