While many a holiday maker with fractious family will be queuing up at one frenetic airport or another, en route to popular sun-soaked beaches, others may well prefer a quiet meander through some of this country’s excellent gardens. Heaven knows, there are a fair few open to the public either regularly, or as part of the Gardens Open Scheme. If one wants to become a student of garden design or history in order to appreciate the finer points there will soon be evidence of great names to consider. Manicured landscape is one thing, with architects named as a Brown or a Kent. However, less daunting areas have been tamed and brought into equivalent historical significance by, say, a Vita Sackville West or a Christopher Lloyd.
Here, however, we are concerned with another paragon, Gertrude Jekyll, who ranks high in the list of designers. In our selection of this volume we applaud her talent and the vast number of commissions she undertook. Pimpernel, as ever, have done a sterling job with a beautiful resurrection of a 1996 publication, which perfectly encapsulates the work of the lady and something of her philosophy, with many accompanying photographs. One for the reference shelf; one to encourage a very rewarding study of horticulture and the absorption of its content will enhance the appreciation of the delights on offer in the British countryside.
"If you like visiting traditional English gardens, this one is for you!"
Review by Bruce Edwards
RRP (Hardback): £25
Posted on 22/08/2015
by Jack Fabian