The Cover of Judith B. Tankard’s book ‘Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life.’
Gertrude Jekyll beside the terrace bridge at Deanery Garden.
Gertrude Jekyll’s home, Munstead Wood. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the house to compliment Jekyll’s gardens, which were created first.
One of Jekyll’s iconic flower borders at Munstead Wood. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Judithcomm, licensed under CC BY 2.0)
The garden at Munstead Wood in 1921, and today.
Jekyll’s design for Munstead Wood.
Hestercombe House in Somerset, England, one of Lutyens and Jekyll’s most famous collaborations.
The pergola at Hestercombe, lined with Jekyll’s signature flower borders.
Architectural details in the gardens at Hestercombe. (Photo: Robert Freidus/Victorianweb.org)
Architectural details in the gardens at Hestercombe.
A rill in one of the sunken gardens at Hestercombe.
The orangery at Hestercombe. (Photo: Robert Freidus/Victorianweb.org)
A classic ‘Lutyens garden bench’ in the gardens at Hestercombe. (Image: Tankard, Judith, ‘Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life,' Aurum Press, 2011)
April 11, 2019
On Wednesday, April 3, the ICAA was honored to host award-winning landscape architect Edmund Hollander, FALSA, and Melissa Reavis of Hollander Design Landscape Architects, for a discussion of Judith B. Tankard’s book Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life.
The talk was a part of Breakfast & Books, in partnership with Rizzoli Bookstore, a series that gives ICAA members and guests the opportunity to hear renowned practitioners discuss the books that have influenced their work.
In describing their decision to discuss Tankard's book, Hollander said “I remember walking into Hestercombe (designed by Jekyll and Lutyens) for the first time and just being dumbstruck by the relationship between the architecture and landscape. The buildings and gardens were so complete, the flow was so natural between inside and outside that you couldn’t really tell where Lutyens work stopped and Jekyll’s work started. This has since informed my own work over the decades.”
Using beautiful images from the book, Reavis gave an overview of Jekyll’s life and work, exploring her unique working relationship with Lutyens and the design philosophies that made her gardens and landscapes so influential.
A ‘Country House’ residence designed by Hollander Design Landscape Architects in Collaboration with Leroy Street Studio Architects, with gardens inspired by Hestercombe House. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
The ‘Country House’ herb garden, similar to the one found at Hestercombe. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Another view of the ‘Country House’ herb garden, otherwise known as a potager. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
A ha-ha wall helps to manage deer at the ‘Country House.’ (Photo: Charles Mayer)
A ‘Forest Retreat’ residence designed by Hollander Design Landscape Architects in Collaboration with Boris Baranovich Architects. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
The driveway through the ‘Forest Retreat’ uses the landscape to create a sense of anticipation and mystery as one approaches the house. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Living and built elements at the ‘Forest Retreat’ appear inseparable. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Changes in grades and elevations at the ‘Forest Retreat’ help to create different ‘rooms’ and spaces. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
‘Topping Farm’ residence designed by Hollander Design Landscape Architects in Collaboration with Peter Pennoyer Architects and Robert Stilin Design. (Photo: Charles Mayer)
A modern interpretation of Jekyll’s flower borders and a Lutyens garden bench at ‘Topping Farm.’ (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Mixed planting borders are used in the modern garden at ‘Topping Farm.’ (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Flower borders at ‘Topping Farm.’ (Photo: Charles Mayer)
Hollander proceeded to use projects completed by his firm to show how the working relationship between architecture and landscape remains just as important in contemporary work.
"Where does landscape start? Where does architecture start?" Hollander asked, "Buildings create the framework for our gardens and In the best of all worlds, they work together to create unified spaces where one doesn’t know where the architect's drawings stop and the landscape architect's drawings begin."
View the clip below to hear Hollander discussing his collaboration process on a recent project.
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