Happy Birthday Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932)

Born on the 29th of November in 1843, Gertrude Jekyll had one older sister and four brothers. Her earliest recollection was making daisy chains in a garden.. At sixteen, she enrolled at the Kensington School of Art. Her favorite subjects were painting and embroidery. Her success let to an interior design commission for the Duke of Westminster’s mansion in Cheshire. But her life was to take a very different course.

Her eyesight was deteriorating.

A garden designer and writer, Jekyll designed her gardens very carefully, demonstrating a sensitive and sympathetic relationship between a house and its surroundings. She believed each plant should be studied for habit, foliage and color to achieve a practical, harmonious effect that was most appropriate for its area.

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