The Lutyens Association
After designing her mother’s garden at Munstead House, her horticultural competence grew and she began to win awards and medals for plants selected and bred by her. In addition to her practical skills as a gardener, she began to contribute articles to William Robinson’s publication The Garden from 1881 onwards, becoming its Editor from 1899-1901. At the same time, her success in the design and planting of her friends, gardens led to an ever increasing number of outside commissions.
In 1889, her meeting with a 20 year old architect, Edwin Lutyens set a new pattern to her life. His architectural skills exactly complemented her expertise in plants and garden design. United by the Arts and Crafts ideal of individual skill, allied to complete understanding of materials and their uses, they formed an informal partnership, and the extensive Jekyll contacts brought them many commissions. Munstead Wood, Gertrude’s own house, across the road from her mother’s, was an early result of their collaboration. The creation of Gertrude’s own house and garden can be followed at every stage in her books Wood and Garden and Home and Garden. Written in clear prose, in turn didactic or poetic and illustrated by her own photographs, they were followed by many other books.