30 years ago this garden in Upton Grey, was nothing more than an unkempt jungle. What we didn't realise when we bought the property was that underneath the jungle were the foundations of a very special garden, indeed one that Gertrude Jekyll had designed in 1908 for a house belonging to Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.
We had very little knowledge of gardening until we came to Upton Grey; that was soon to change with the unearthing of this important piece of garden history. We decided to research the garden and, having discovered a full set of plans in the Reef Point Collection at The University of California at Berkeley, we obtained copies and set about the restoration. What we recreated is now believed to be the most complete and authentic Jekyll garden in existence - a living museum of Jekyll design. We hope the following pages give you some insight into the restoration, together with some notes about Gertrude Jekyll herself.
For a more comprehensive look at Gertrude Jekyll we recommend the official website of the Jekyll estate. www.gertrudejekyll.co.uk this looks into the life and career of Miss Jekyll together with notes on Lutyens and the Arts and Craft movement.Read more
Rosamund Wallinger's book 'Gertrude Jekyll's Lost Garden' was published by Garden Art Press in 2000. It gives an amusing and well illustrated account of the garden's history and restoration (with, adds her husband John, all its trials, tribulations and lessons). Copies of Rosamund Wallinger's book Gertrude Jekyll's Lost Garden - The Restoration of an Edwardian Masterpiece, ISBN 1 870673 35 2 is available through any reputable bookshop, price £25. Also at Antique Collectors Club
Rosamund Wallinger's next book, Gertrude Jekyll. Her Art Restored at Upton Grey,
ISBN 978 1 87067 377 8
WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 2013
Group bookings are welcomed. Please contact us by telephone
International calls please phone 00 44 1256 862827 UK calls 01256 862827
International calls please phone 00 44 1256 862827
UK calls 01256 862827
Opening Times for 2013
Opening Times for 2013
Visitors to the Garden are welcome strictly by appointment
Open Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm (Closed Weekends and Bank Holidays) 1st May - 31st July (Closed August onwards)There is an admission fee of £ 6.00 which includes a printed guide and plant list.
The Garden in June
Herbaceous borders filled with colour