Garden of historic interest

This award-winning proposal was for a redesign of part of the garden once owned by the celebrated early twentieth century designer Gertrude Jekyll at Munstead Wood Hut in Godalming. The house was built by Edwin Lutyens and is surrounded on all four sides by a garden originally designed by Mrs Jekyll. The current owners wanted a design including a kitchen garden, pond and seating areas, and in keeping with her style. Spool through the pictures below to see the house and garden at the start of the project, the proposed new design, and the architecture of the main house at Munstead Wood which inspired it.



The shapes of the paths echo the curved beams in the porch of the main house and reflect Mrs Jekyll’s love of flowing lines.

The design drew on her principles, such as linking the garden with the architecture of the house, dividing the garden into a series of rooms, and use of local materials, soft and mellow coloured plants with dramatic contrasts, and climbers on rope swags.

The plants chosen were mainly varieties that Gertrude Jekyll particularly liked, some of which she bred herself.

The main paths are paved with Bargate stone, the local material which was used in the original garden. The minor paths use Breedon gravel.

I completed the design as part of my garden design diploma and it won the KLC historic garden design award.

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