"Columbines and geraniums in meadow grass." [Click on this and the following image for more information.]

Knowing, then, a little of the vast world of plant beauty quite shut out of our gardens by the “system,” in vogue, I was led to consider the ways in which it might be introduced to our gardens; and, among various ideas that then occurred to me, was the name and scope of the “wild garden.” — Preface to The Wild Garden

Gertrude Jekyll did not specially devote herself to gardening until, with Robinson and other friends, she revolted against the formal style of summer bedding then in vogue. — qtd. in Francis Jekyll, p. 110

Biographical material



Jekyll, Francis. Gertrude Jekyll: A Memoir. Northampton, Mass.: Bookshop Round Table, [1934]. Hathi Trust. From the collection of the University of Michigan Library. Web. 18 June 2022.

Robinson, William. The Wild Garden; Or our Groves and Gardens made beautiful by the Naturalisation of Hardy Exotic Plants; being one way onwards from the Dark Ages of Flower Gardening, with suggestions for the Regeneration of the Bare Borders of the London Parks. London: John Murray, 1883. Internet Archive, from the collection of Wellesley College Library. Web. 18 June 2022.

Created 18 June 2022