Gardens one hour or more from London
NOTE the estimated hours from London needed to reach a garden are shown in brackets
Ilminster, Somerset (3). Formal garden, created in the 1920s by Col Arthur Lyle from derelict farmland; influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, it is laid out in a series of walled sections, including the White, Rose, Lily and Iris Gardens.
Moretonhamstead, Devon (4). A spectacular castle designed by Lutyens on a high moorland spur with views over Dartmoor; Jekyll influence in the garden.
Elkstone, Gloucestershire (2). Restored Jekyll border.
Compton Scorpion Farm
Ilmington, Warwickshire (3). Modern garden, created by the owners in the style of Gertrude Jekyll.
Burley, Hampshire (2). Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, now being restored by the owners.
East Grinstead, Sussex (2). The home of William Robinson, with whom Gertrude Jekyll collaborated on plants and writings. Gravetye is part of the Relais & Chateaux family of private hotels, with an excellent restaurant.
East Lothian, Scotland (5 to 6). A Lutyens house, with Jekyll influence on garden. Hotel/restaurant, overlooking Muirfield Golf Course, near Edinburgh.
Taunton, Somerset (3). Jekyll and Lutyens garden. House now owned by the Somerset Fire Brigade.
Derbyshire (3). Sitwell family home, where Lutyens did a lot of work, while Gertrude Jekyll ‘issued her decrees on the garden beds’.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Kent (2). Created by Vita Sackville-West, who called Gertrude Jekyll ‘that grand gardener to whom we owe so much’.
The Patched Gloves
Rye, Sussex (2). Garden of contrasting areas, including herbaceous borders in the Jekyll style.
Sandwich, Kent (2). Lutyens house, with Tea Room; garden designed (or influenced) by Gertrude Jekyll, with modern animal statues.
Townhill Park House
Townhill Park House and Gardens, near Southampton. The Grade II listed building, now a school, dates from around 1790 and was extended and re-designed in 1911 for Louis Montagu, second Baron Swaythling. The gardens were planned by Gertrude Jekyll. It is open four days in the year.
Basingstoke, Hampshire (about one hour). The complete and faithful restoration of this Jekyll garden at Upton Grey is described in the restorer’s own book Gertrude Jekyll’s Lost Garden; The Restoration of an Edwardian Masterpiece, published in April 2000 and in the Historic Gardens Review.
Yalding Organic Gardens
Maidstone, Kent (2). 14 individual gardens to demonstrate gardening through the ages, including a Jekyll border.
West Dean College
Chichester, Sussex (2) Adult education college, specialising in restoration, conservation, arts & crafts. Gertrude Jekyll advice on garden.