Gertrude Jekyll on the Inseparability of Life, Gardening and Art

“It is just in the way it is done that lies the whole difference between commonplace gardening and gardening that may rightly claim to rank as fine art.” There are rich connections between art and gardening: Agatha Christie’s relaxed garden at Greenway; Tolkien, architect of Middle Earth, paid painstaking attention to its botany as well as its civilizations; Edith Wharton was a successful landscape designer well before she wrote House of Mirth or Ethan Frome. A foray into nature—real or conceptual—calms the soul and allows one to reach that somnambulist state of relaxed conscious necessary for creation. Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932)—a writer, painter, and gardener who, with a small [...] Continue reading


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