Munstead Wood: Gertrude Jekyll’s Home and Garden

In June 2023, the National Trust in the UK announced their acquisition of an important Grade I listed house and garden—Gertrude Jekyll’s home at Munstead Wood. One of the most important garden designers of the early 20th century, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a prolific writer, skilled businesswoman, and a hugely influential horticulturist. She was the first woman to be awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour.

Jekyll designed exquisite gardens at Hestercombe, Deanery Gardens, and Lindisfarne Castle, among others, often collaborating with architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Both worked on Jekyll’s own home and garden, Munstead Wood in Surrey—which the NT called an 11-acre ‘horticultural gem’.  Jekyll lived at Munstead Wood from the 1890s until her death in 1932. During that time, she created a woodland garden with under-plantings of flowers and shrubs that could be viewed via a series of walks. She also designed seasonal gardens, such as the Spring Garden, the Hidden Garden, the June Garden, and the 200-foot-long colorful herbaceous border.

Jekyll also introduced at least 30 new varieties of plants in her garden, previously unfamiliar in the UK.  She once said of Munstead Wood “My garden is my workshop, my private study, and a place of rest.” Landscape historian and author Judith Tankard will discuss Jekyll’s home and garden, including the designer’s legendary theories on color, planting and design. She will show some of Jekyll’s own photographs and scrapbooks to demonstrate Jekyll‘s brilliance and lasting influence on garden design.

Andy Jasper, Head of Gardens at the National Trust, created a video for Royal Oak members to speak about this important acquisition to the NT’s Garden portfolio. He will discuss the NT’s plans for the garden restoration and opening Munstead Wood to the public so that they can experience this unique house and garden.

Judith Tankard

Judith Tankard is a landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant. She received an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for over 20 years. In 2000, she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her role in the advancement of historic New England gardens. She is a 2022 Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America.

She is the author or co-author of 12 illustrated books on landscape history, including: Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect (2022); Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement; Ellen Shipman and the American Garden, winner of the 2019 J. B. Jackson Book Prize; Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life; and Gertrude Jekyll at Munstead Wood among others. Judith’s articles have been published in Antiques, Apollo, Country Life, Horticulture, Hortus, Landscape Architecture, Old-House Interiors, Old-House Journal, Pacific Horticulture, and other publications. For 10 years she served as editor of the Journal of the New England Garden History Society. She recently retired as vice-president and a long-time board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society. Judith has a garden on Martha’s Vineyard.

Andy Jasper

Andy Jasper is Director of Gardens and Parklands at the National Trust in the UK. He has degrees from University of Plymouth and Exeter and a Master’s Degree in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham. He joined the National Trust in 2021 as National Head of Gardens and Parklands, but was a Regional Advisory Board Member for London and the Southeast since 2018. 

From 2015 until he joined the NT, he worked at the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisely. From 2011-2015 he was Director of National Tropical Botanical Garden, South Shore Gardens, in Kaui, Hawaii—the only congressionally chartered botanic garden in the US. Before going to Hawaii, Andy worked at the Eden Project for over 12 years in various positions. He became Head of Research and Evaluation, Eden Project, from 2001-2013. 

From 2001 to 2013 he was a Director and Research Lead at Quantquest Research and worked on projects including the NT’s St. Michaels Mount, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, etc. He has worked with England’s South West Tourism Alliance, Visit England, and Tate St. Ives, Cornwall.  He is on the Advisory Board of Global Advisor Garden Tourism. He described Munstead Wood as  “a rare surviving example of Jekyll’s work…”  He said, Munstead showcases “Jekyll’s signature naturalistic design, her bold use of colour and innovative use of everyday plants. There is no greater example of a classic English garden.”


Wednesday, September 27 | 2:00 p.m. (ET)

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