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Gertrude Jekyll: Landscape Gardener and Craftswoman

15. May — 8. September,

Free Entry, donations welcome

Gertrude Jekyll was one of the most influential garden designers of all time, whose impact on the art of gardening is still evident around the world today. This exhibition will – for the first time - explore the long and extraordinary life of Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932).

Detail of the herbaceous borders at The Manor House, Upton Grey designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 © Country Life

In all, Jekyll designed over 400 gardens, many in partnership with the eminent architect Edwin Lutyens, and moved garden design away from the highly formal Victorian garden towards a greater freedom of planting.

Drawing-on exhibits from across the UK the exhibition will delve into her passions and explore her multi-talents as a musician, composer, political activist and Suffragette, interior designer, visual artist, applied arts designer, embroiderer, silversmith, botanist, herbalist and garden designer.

From the scientific study of perfumes and the remedial qualities of plants, to the design of arts and crafts buildings, drawing-room furniture and textile hangings, Jekyll enjoyed the company of some of the greatest creative minds of late 19th and early 20th century Europe. These included Sir Edwin Lutyens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lord Leighton, Frederic Watts, Hercules Brabazon and Sir Edward Poynter. Through letters, notebooks and photographs the exhibition will document these encounters and provide a rich contextual background to Jekyll’s vision and achievement.

Exhibition Supporters: 

Click on the links below to find out about the associated events that will be taking place, inspired by the exhibition:

Thurs 5 Sept - Director’s Choice Talk: Jekyll and the Country House Garden | Upcoming Exhibitions |


Further information

Gertrude Jekyll Gardens