Almost Home: The Public Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll

Author: 
Kristine F. Miller
Publisher: 
University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-0-813-93365-8

Cloth, 176 pp., $49.50.

Known for her writing and garden design for the rising upper middle classes, the British landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932) should also be remembered for her work on public places, according to American landscape architect Kristine Miller. She directs attention to Jekyll’s records of projects. “Out of a total of more than 400 design commissions, 90% were schemes for private residential landscapes.” The public sites that are discussed in this work include a sanatorium, a hospital, cemeteries, and memorials—all rather sad reminders of the times. Much of Jekyll’s work has disappeared. Fortunately, the borders and shrubs may be recalled on Jekyll’s drawings, which accompany the text. Miller tells of other landscapes for a nurses’ home, a hotel, an army camp, and a golf course. This monograph should be of interest to professionals and historians in landscape design.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
15
Number: 
5