The perennial borders and woodland gardens Gertrude Jekyll
designed for the estates of monied clients continue to inspire
designers, historians, and enthusiasts today, as do her writings on
the seasonal qualities of gardens. While numerous biographers,
garden historians, and critics have described and analyzed Jekyll's
private commissions, her public work has received little attention.
"Almost Home" is the first book to address these projects by one of
the world's most recognized and celebrated English garden
Given the number of private gardens she created, the range of
Jekyll's public projects is quite surprising--from a tuberculosis
sanatorium to a village memorial for the radio operator of the
Titanic to seven British war cemeteries in northern France. Perhaps
even more than do her private landscapes, Jekyll's public designs
reveal the garden's function as a symbol of complex themes and as
an inspiration for complex emotions. They show how Jekyll's concept
of the English landscape and Englishness, which she refined and
promulgated in her writing and photography, could be deployed not
only within the realm of everyday upper-class life, but as part of
the language of health, memorial, and tribute.
This book will appeal to landscape, garden, and architectural
historians for its new information, never-before-published original
drawings, and details about Jekyll's collaboration with noted
architects such as Herbert Baker, Charles Holden, and her fellow
Arts and Crafts proponent, Edwin Lutyens.
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