21 years ago this garden in Upton Grey, was nothing more than an unkempt jungle. What we didn't realise when we bought the property was that underneath this jungle were the foundations of a very special garden, indeed one that Gertrude Jekyll had designed in 1908 for Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.
We had very little knowledge of gardening until we came to Upton Grey; that was soon to change with the unearthing of this important piece of garden history.

_Garden History___|__The Restoration____|__Formal Garden_____| ___Jekyll's Design____|___The Wild Garden___|___Location
We decided to research the garden and, having discovered a full set of plans in the Reef Point Collection at The University of California at Berkeley, we obtained copies and set about the restoration. What we recreated is now believed to be the most authentic Jekyll garden in existence - a living museum of Jekyll design. We hope the following pages give you some insight into the restoration, together with some notes about Gertrude Jekyll herself.

"If there is some way that I could choose my eternal paradise, this would be it. An English garden in summer filled with the soothing colour of flowers, heady with the perfume of roses and alive with the buzzing of insects and chattering of birds".
......Geoff Hamilton ( BBC TV...Paradise Gardens )







History of the Garden


The Restoration


The Formal Garden


Jekyll's Design


Jekyll's Plans


The Wild Garden


The Orchard




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Upton Grey Village



Rosamund Wallinger's book 'Gertrude Jekyll's Lost Garden' was published by Garden Art Press in 2000. It gives an amusing and well illustrated account of the garden's history and restoration (with, adds her husband John, all its trials, tribulations and lessons).
Copies of Rosamund Wallinger's book Gertrude Jekyll's Lost Garden - The Restoration of an Edwardian Masterpiece,
ISBN 1 870673 35 2 is available through any reputable bookshop, price £25. It is also available from
Antique Collectors Club

'A living museum of Jekyll design'


The Manor House
Upton Grey
Hampshire. UK

Gertrude Jekyll's 1908 Garden Design

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