Almost eighty years after her death, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is still one of the most influential of all English garden designers.
Best known for the superb use of colour schemes in her hallmark flower borders, she combined an early training in art with self-taught horticultural skills.
Early influences included William Morris, John Ruskin and William Robinson, but it is her partnership with the architect Edwin Lutyens that produced some of the most distinctive of Edwardian houses and gardens.
From her house (and nursery) at Munstead Wood, Surrey, Jekyll designed over 400 gardens across Britain and Europe, and some in America where her archive of designs and drawings is now held.
This book explores her life, influences on her early work in art and crafts, the transfer to Munstead Wood and working relationship with Edwin Lutyens, as well as her own writings and achievements.