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“…a wondrous work paying tribute to the work of the woman who laid the foundation for the modern garden design. The book contains a treasure trove of text and images showcasing and explaining the more than 350 gardens created by Jekyll taken as the title’s sub-text notes: ‘From the Archives of Country Life.’ A Gem.” ~Frommer Luxury Travel
 
“This is a splendid book…” ~Country Life
 
“An artist by training, the British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll created painterly compositions she called ‘living pictures with land and tress and flowers.’ Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden (Rizzoli $45) samples her influential writings and projects from the early 20th century, many of which survive only in photos.” ~Elle Décor
 
“…the first book in two decades devoted to the most important garden designer of the 20th century. Jekyll, who died in 1932, produced in partnership with Edwin Lutyens seminal garden masterpieces of the Arts and Crafts movement, including Hestercombe and Folly Farm.” ~PaperCity

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Judith B. Tankard is a well-known landscape historian, author and preservation consultant. She received an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, since 1987. Her articles and book reviews have been published in many magazines, including Hortus, Apollo and Country Life. She lectures regularly both in the United States and Britain. She is the author or co-author of nine illustrated books on landscape history, including most recently Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes and Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836338
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.9 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautiful book covers Jekyll's life and influences and profiles Munstead Wood and many of the gardens that Jekyll particularly loved.
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The book provides a good understanding of the English garden style and the people who helped create it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on April 5, 2012
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The great Gertrude Jekyll was a woman of many talents - painter, photographer, craftswoman (embroidery, textiles, wallpaper design) but it was her achievements in garden design that established her legacy. Her love of gardening began at an early age and she experimented in her mother's garden for twenty years before building her own house at Munstead Wood and creating her famous garden. Her reputation was widened when she starting writing articles for "Country Life" magazine and designing gardens to accompany architect Edward Lutyens' houses. Their partnership was a dream one and led to the style known as the Arts and Craft Movement.

This beautiful book covers Jekyll's life and influences and profiles Munstead Wood and many of the gardens that Jekyll particularly loved. Most of the photographs are exceptional black and white ones taken by "Country Life" photographer Charles Latham. Contemporary color photos are included of Munstead Wood as well as some of the other gardens that are still in existence today. A beautiful chapter about Munstead Wood is followed by "Gardens Old & New" which covers some of Jekyll's favorite gardens (St. Catherine's Court, Owlpen Manor, Little Boarhunt, etc.). A chapter on "Gardens for Small Country Houses" includes the remarkable Hestercombe and others. "Colour in the Garden" includes gardens where flower borders dominate, such as the Manor House at Upton Grey (breathtaking color photos), and Highmount, Surrey and Barrington Court, Somerset, just to name a few. A final chapter on "Garden Ornament" features photos of elements that Jekyll was known for, like pergolas, benches and water features. A stunning book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on November 4, 2012
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Very few of Gertrude Jekyll's original gardens exist today but the book, taken from Country Life Magazine articles, provides excellent insight into her gardens and work with Sir Edwin Lutyens. The before and current photographs add to the understanding of the designs and her role in the design process. The book provides a good understanding of the English garden style and the people who helped create it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sallyann grieshaber on August 3, 2014
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I grew up in the UK with Gertrude Jekyll being the 'master' female gardener and floral designer - a true pioneer of her time. I was introduced to her concepts by my Grandmother and always followed the Jekyll way when gardening and enjoying cut flower displays for in the home. I have learned so much more about Gertrude as a woman reading and enjoying this publication and The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll. I believe the knowledge imparted by the writers of both publications to be inspiring from a gardener competence perspective and enjoyable as a practical working tool and the color plates added immensely to the richness of both publications......simply valuable publications for any garden and floral enthusiast.......great history insights too.......Super!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cutest Chicken Farmer on November 6, 2013
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She is an extraordinary gardener, that is clear. There are mostly black & white photos, which is fine, but would like to see more current shots of the same gardens, then and now.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. David Jarvis on August 1, 2013
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So, I should note first off that this is definitely a worthwhile book if you are at all interested in garden history and the style of the time, as well as in Jekyll herself. That having been said, I was a little frustrated at how many of the pictures were in black and white rather than in color. I consider color to be a necessary aspect of appreciation for a proper garden, and the fact that 80-90% of the photographs in this book are in black and white was a big letdown for me.
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