Monday 12th April, 6pm – E.Ticket £5

When Rosamund Wallinger moved into a derelict Manor at Upton Grey in Hampshire, she uncovered a Jekyll garden and set about restoring it.

Rosamund came to Upton Grey from London in 1984, to the derelict house and garden that had been rebuilt for Charles Holme (an important Arts and Crafts figure) in 1906.

Rosamund was 40 and a complete horticultural novice. Luckily for her, Hampshire Gardens Trust had been founded that year by Gilly Drummond. They were the essential force in informing her that the 5 acre garden had been designed by Gertrude Jeykll in 1908 and introduced her to wise advisors in that field. They gave her Penelope Hobhouse for 10 hours of inspiration on how to get copies of Miss Jekyll’s plans and where to find the plants on her plans.

This opened all necessary doors for their great adventure. Now visitors come from around the world. Rosamund has had two books published on the joys and challenges of that restoration.

Rosamund’s talk will start with a brief description of Landscape Garden Art from early 1700 to mid-1800’s explaining the evolution of that art. From the landscapes of the great estates perfected by Brown, through the influence of the industrial revolution, to the radically changed society of Gertrude Jekyll’s era when wealth was distributed from aristocracy and nobility to the self-made professional and industrialist we can follow the evidence of that evolution. She will then give a brief account of Gertrude Jekyll’s life and character, followed by a description of the garden itself, its importance in the Arts and Crafts movement, and then the amusing story of its restoration.