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This is a selection of two hundred of the best articles and other writings by Gertrude Jekyll, who 'changed the face of England more than any save the Creator himself and, perhaps, Capability Brown'. Although Miss Jekyll designed around four hundred gardens, none remains as she intended and few exist today in any recognizable form. Her enduring influence has been achieved not through her spade but through her pen. She published fifteen books and contributed well over a thousand articles, notes and letters to numerous magazines and newspapers. But although the books are well known, until now, all but a handful of her other writings have been accessible only to scholars - a situation that this selection redresses. This book covers themes that include garden planning, wild and woodland gardening, climbing plants, water gardening and garden ornament, and includes selected articles. This is a gem of garden writing that all who are interested in Jekyll, planting and design will be delighted to discover.
Martin Wood is a textile and garden designer and interior decorator, and a writer on garden and interior design. He is the author of Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style and co-author of Gertrude Jekyll at Munstead Wood.
This collection of her writings displays a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of gardening, from planning and design to maintenance and inspiration. Good Book Guide