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The Odd Couple: The Gardens of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll

Thursday 21st May 2020
Steven Desmond

In the spring of 1889 the young Edwin Lutyens, later to become the most famous British architect of the 20th century, met the artist-gardener-craftswoman Gertrude Jekyll for the first time at an afternoon tea party in rural Surrey.  She was a well-known eccentric and a generation older than the young man.  

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Though they always maintained their independence from one another, their joint creations of house and garden became the talk of Edwardian society.  Separately they were interesting, curious, isolated: together they proved irresistible. 

 Steven is an independent landscape consultant specialising in historical gardens and architecture.  He lectures at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and is a specialist tour leader in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy.  He is a writer and broadcaster on historic gardens.  His book, ‘Gardens of the Italian Lakes’ is published by Frances Lincoln.