Gertrude Jekyll and Munstead Wood: the home of the ‘artist-gardener’

16 July 2024

Talk by Dr Caroline Ikin exploring Jekyll's life at Munstead Wood

This talk will explore Jekyll’s contribution to art, craft and gardening through the home she created at Munstead Wood, and will share some of the research currently being undertaken by the National Trust as the house and garden are restored and Jekyll’s extraordinary legacy is reappraised.As the home of celebrated gardener Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), Munstead Wood holds deep significance as the place where her ideal of the ‘artist-gardener’ achieved complete expression. As a trained artist, Jekyll focussed her attention on gardening and garden design when her deteriorating eyesight forced her to give up painting, but her artistic energies were also directed towards the decorative arts, design and collecting.

Dr Caroline Ikin is National Trust Curator at Munstead Wood. She has previously worked in museums and for the Gardens Trust and her research interest is in nineteenth century art, architecture and gardens. She is author of The Victorian Garden (2012), The Victorian Gardener (2014), The Kitchen Garden (2017) and has written for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Garden History, Furniture History, Museums Journal and various other publications, and was awarded the Mavis Batey Essay Prize in 2022. She has lectured widely, including at the Gardens Trust, V&A, Furniture History Society, Watts Gallery and Oxford University.

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