01 June 2016

Visit "Munstead Wood" Garden

Those serious about garden design and garden aficionados will surely know of the famous designer Gertrude Jekyll.  Born in London in 1843, Gertrude Jekyll designed more than 400 gardens in Europe,  the UK and USA.  A horticulturist, designer and author, Gertrude Jekyll contributed to Country Life magazine and other publications and wrote a few books that anyone who wants to get into garden design simply must have in their library.  Gertrude Jekyll's Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden is one of the best resources for designing with colour.  
Quotes of Gertrude Jekyll

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.

The Gardener's Garden: Munstead Wood from Phaidon on Vimeo.

The famous gardener designer Gertrude Jekyll purchased her home at Mustead Wood in the 1880's.  Here she grew and displayed the plants for her clients to see.  In the plant nursery, she grew the plants she would later supply to the clients whose gardens she designed.

Of all the flower beds in Munstead Wood, the main border, which blooms in riotous colour July through November, seems to be a crowd favourite.  In early spring one would find the hellebores brightening the garden, followed by primroses in March, the spring garden in April, azaleas and rhododendrons in May, the Three Corner Garden in June, followed by the main border in July.

The garden may be viewed by arrangement.  Please see the official site at: http://munsteadwood.org.uk.  Another bucket list item, per chance?  

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