I live in a part of Surrey that has a real association with the famous designer, Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932). She spent most of her adult life around here and formed her association with the architect Edwin Lutyens here too. Her house, Munstead Wood, is just a mile up the road from ours.
Jekyll and Lutyens designed many gardens near here and happily one of them was open this weekend.
The Headmasters Garden at Charterhouse School isn’t often open, so we took the opportunity to visit.
The dry-stone walls enclosing the garden were designed by Edwin Lutyens. They’re topped with Brachyglottis (the silver leaved shrub), Centranthus Rubra (red Valerian) and Helianthemum (rock roses) spill down the sides.
The entrance is through an arched gate covered in a climbing rose, I love the neat tile detail of the arch.
An added bonus is that the garden is surrounded by beautiful buildings, creating a magnificent back-drop.
It’s kept in tip-top condition by a knowledgable team of gardeners, who also look after other gardens on site.
The classic English herbaceous border was designed by Gertrude Jekyll
There are an abundance of lovely plants, including the magenta flowers of Geranium psilostemon,
and frothy green Alchemilla mollis with jewels of rain drops on the leaves.
There are nice views across the garden and curved island beds.
and cool, shady border with ferns under a tree.
It’s a beautiful garden, a very relaxing, comfortable space to be in, nothing jarrs or feels awkward, which is the real hallmark of a well designed garden.
The high level of maintenance means that it’s a style of garden not often seen these days, but it’s good to have some examples so well preserved.
You can feast your eyes on some lovely cottage garden plants here
Images: Jill Anderson