COMMUNITY: Whitwell History Group

Community event.
Community event.

On September 13, Mrs Polly Hind gave an illustrated talk on the 19th century gardener, Gertrude Jekyll. She was born in London in 1843 to quite well-to-do parents and was the fifth of their seven children. She loved colours and whilst still living in London she attended Kensington Art College. Her studies influenced her to become a member of the arts and crafts movement and designed a banner for the women’s Suffrage movement. On moving to Berkshire she joined forces with Edwin Lutyens designing many gardens in this Country, France and even America. She was “a bit of a battleaxe, and didn’t suffer fools gladly. Gertrude wrote 13 books and many magazine articles on gardening and designed the garden at Clare College in Cambridge. She was 89 years old when she died in 1932 and her gardens are still visited to this day.