A Lecture by James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher-David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director
Gertrude Jekyll is widely credited with having invented the modern perennial garden as one of the pioneering women garden designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through her long partnership with the architect Edwin Lutyens, she created some of the most beloved gardens of England, as well as projects in France, Ireland, and the United States. The work of subsequent women garden designers such as Beatrix Farrand is
unimaginable without Jekyll’s influence. Less well known is that due to a degenerative eye condition, Jekyll became legally blind by midlife and took up the camera as a way of seeing the landscapes she loved and those she made. This richly illustrated talk will take us on a summer armchair tour of a few of Miss Jekyll’s garden designs, as well as her achievement as a woman who pioneered new ways of seeing in the early twentieth century.
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