The author explains that Ms Jekyll's gardens were characterized by a meeting of two extremes: discipline and generosity as well as harmony and contrasts. I don't know how she was able to achieve gardens that to my untrained and uneducated eyes appear both beautifully formal and informal at the same time. Her gardens are described as "apparently effortless abundance." Somehow she improved on Mother Nature!
(The above photo is of the garden at Hidcote.)
The book provides samples of the plans, done in watercolors, from the many famous gardens that she designed. There are also numerous color photos that take my breath away. You don't have to be a garden designer to enjoy this book. All that's needed is to have an appreciation of nature and beauty.
I'm joining other garden bloggers for the monthly Garden Book Review graciously hosted by Holley from Roses and Other Gardening Joys. Visit her blog to see what other gardeners are reading this month.
Now it's almost time for my favorite program on tv, Downton Abbey. I can't wait to see what drama awaits at that beautiful English estate!
|A nod to Gertrude Jekyll in my garden: an inexpensive copy of the famous Lutyens bench.|