‘What is needed for doing the best gardening is something of an artist’s training’ (Gertrude Jekyll).
Almost eighty years after her death, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is still one of the most influential of all English garden designers. Best known for her superb use of colour schemes in her hallmark flower borders, she combined an early training in art with self taught horticultural skills and won herself a place in the pantheon of Arts and Crafts. This talk explores Gertrude Jekyll through an examination of the influences of art, architecture and horticulture in her life and work.
Twigs Way is fascinated by the social and cultural aspects of garden history including landscapes in art and literature. She combines this with a specialist consultancy in management of historic landscapes.
Twigs’ most recent publication is the history of the Carnation in Art and Culture (Reaktion Books) and she is currently writing the Chrysanthemum in Art and Culture. In partnership with the Garden Museum (London) she has published A Nation of Gardeners and also works on the wartime garden (Digging for Victory) and a history of women in the garden (Virgins, Weeders and Queens).
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