QUEEN MOTHER LEFT: MME ISA AC PEREIRE BELOW: GERTRUDE JEKYLL
, LEFT, AND JUST JOEY
Here she undertook a grand project, mining the archives of Country Life to select a 150 images that exemplify the work of England's extraordinarily gifted and influential designer, Gertrude Jekyll
Spens's leading essay is a quick scamper through the century's more interesting high points without, praise be to all the spirits of the Wild Wood, a single mention of Gertrude Jekyll
Without Gertrude Jekyll
and Sissinghurst, Britain would not be Britain.
In ``Influential Gardeners: The Designers Who Shaped 20th Century Garden Style'' (Clarkson Potter; $45), British author Andrew Wilson introduces all the heavies of the golden age of gardening from Gertrude Jekyll
(1843-1932), who designed her gardens with the eye of an artist during the Arts and Crafts movement, to Thomas Church (1902-78), whose name is synonymous with the California school of garden design, which teaches that gardens should suit the lifestyles of the owners.
The third part of the volume treat women nature writers from Vernon Lee and Gertrude Jekyll
through Beatrix Potter, and on to Frances Hodgson Burnett and Mary Webb.
The dust-cover freely admits that it was a mistake for the DNB to have missed out people like Gerald Manley Hopkins and Gertrude Jekyll
, but fails to mention that recognition has only now been given to the greatest of all our medieval masons.
The garden color schemes of today had their beginnings in the revolutionary designs of Gertrude Jekyll
, a dowdy 19th-century artist and gardener extraordinaire with a striking likeness to Queen Victoria.
He was joined by celebrated horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll
, who created a garden designed to be seen from the castle.
I also used Ballerina for its sprays of pink roses with a white centre and Comte de Chambord, another very fragrant pink rose, a bit like Gertrude Jekyll
You can't go far wrong with David Austin English Roses such as the deep pink Gertrude Jekyll
, or try new pure white variety Desdemona.
While some female artists, such as the American painter Georgia O'Keeffe, or the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll
found fame in their lifetimes, others have remained largely anonymous.