The Garden

Just over 30 years ago this historic garden at 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. The work on this garden’s restoration has been an exciting and rewarding adventure of discovery.

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. 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 978 1 87067 380 8 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