The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll

Bisgrove, Richard

Published by Little Brown & Co, 1992
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Large hardcover, 192 pages in fine condition with fine dustjacket. 1st American edition, 1st printing. thjis book contains the best of Miss Jekyll's planting plans, most until now unpublished. The plans are brought alive by an accomplished water colorist and are enhanced by full color photographs of Jekyll gardens and of modern plantings in the Jekyll tradition. Over 100 fuul-color phtos and 45 watercolor planting plans with full annotation.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Gertrude Jekyll holds a unique place in the making of English gardens and has exerted immense influence on good garden planting throughout the world. Her genius was to endow gardens with an atmosphere of timeless serenity, valued in her own day but all the more precious in the tumult of the modern world.
Over the years, many of her gardens and original plantings have disappeared, and only a handful of her plans are well known, although thousands survive in archives.
For The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll Richard Bisgrove has selected the best of Miss Jekyll's planting plans, most until now unpublished. With painstaking original research he has analyzed and reinterpreted them, making them accessible to today's gardeners. He demonstrates that Miss Jekyll's ideas on planting remain fresh and relevant. Though many of the gardens she worked on were large, she usually preferred to divide them into smaller components. Her skill in using plants to soften the hard lines of new gardens and formal architecture, her ability to compose plantings to sustain interest throughout the seasons, her solutions to the problems of shady spots and awkward corners - all these make her designs directly applicable to today's limited plots.
The plans are brought alive by an accomplished watercolorist and are enhanced by full-color photographs of Jekyll gardens and of modern plantings in the Jekyll tradition.

From the Back Cover: "Should there be any doubt that Gertrude Jekyll was among the greatest practitioners of the art of gardening (there isn't, of course), a survey of this book will quickly confirm her almost totemic status in twentieth-century ornamental horticulture." (Wayne Winterrowd, Horticulture, The Magazine of American Gardening )

"[This book] is scholarly, well-written, and based on original research. The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll is the most innovative study of the patron saint of modern gardeners since Jane Brown's pioneering Gardens of a Golden Afternoon appeared ten years ago. . . . [Bisgrove's] is the most detailed and comprehensive analysis ever made of Gertrude Jekyll's gardening." (Charles Quest-Ritson, Gardens Illustrated )

"The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll serves as a living complement to her gardening ideas, indicating the scope and variety her gardening vision could assume. Richard Bisgrove has mined extensive archives for Jekyll's most effective planning schemes, and illustrates them with photographs of her existing gardens. He helpfully divides chapters by types of gardenincluding formal gardens, rose gardens, wild gardens, steps and walks, and sun and shade." (Ann Geneva, Literary Review )

"Gertrude Jekyll is famous the world over as the mother of the lush English garden. . . . The stage is set for an updated revival of the Jekyll cult. Her philosophical commitment to native plants and gardens that incorporate existing heathland and woods makes her environmentally up to date." (Diana Ketcham, New York Times)

"The most comprehensive study I have seen of the garde-making ideas of this astonishingly prolific lady . . . This is a book that can be read cover to cover -- but one to which people will refer time and again over the years." (Arthur Hellyer, Financial Times)

"Richard Bisgrove must now be firmly established as one of our most authoritative, painstaking yet easy-to-read garden historians . . . The writing is a happy combination of scholarship and art . . . readers must be equally delighted with Andrew Lawson's magnificent photographs." (Graham Stuart Thomas, The Garden)

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Title: The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.

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