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Gertrude Jekyll and Country Life
on 17 May 2011
Aurum Press has published more than twenty books on houses and gardens based on the archives of Country Life Magazine. Each book has selected the houses, their interiors and gardens from a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This book is one of the latest in these series, now based on the works and life of Gertrude Jekyll, the most famous English garden writer and designer at the beginning of the 20th century. Country Life published many of her books and her articles on gardens and gardening were often placed in their magazine. The text of this volume is informative and well documented, with chapters named after titles of her books. The greatest strength of this book is the selection and arrangement of the beautiful photographs along the text. The time span of these pictures is more than hundred years, from old fashioned black and white to recent colour photographs, here presented in an coherent manner, by selecting either colour or black and white photographs for each garden or topic discussed, which gives the book a pleasant presentation. The last sentence of this book is an excellent summary: "Jekyll set the record straight on the difference between commonplace gardening and that which could be ranked as fine art". In case you already possess Jane Brown's "Gardens of a golden afternoon" or Richard Bisgrove's "The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll", this book will be a valuable addition. Highly recommended for all English garden lovers.