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Where should we start in considering Edward Lutyens? With the famous Lutyens bench he designed for Gertrude Jekyll or his architectural influence upon famous English gardens, perhaps the new lifestyle magazine, Country Life, created by Edward Hudson, which featured many of Lutyens’ house designs and grew his popularity? This famous man gives us endless possibilities, but since I have already written about Gertrude Jekyll (the letter J), I will reluctantly limit the scope of this post to Lutyens’ connection to her.
Sir Edwin Lutyens, 1869-1944 was an English architect who after leaving a firm of architects to set up his own practice, met the landscape gardener Gertrude Jekyll. She taught him the “simplicity of intention and directness of purpose” she had learned from John Ruskin. It was the beginning of a professional partnership that would define the look of Lutyens country houses. At Munstead Wood, Surrey (1896), the house he designed for Jekyll, Lutyens’ style as an architect emerged.
It is the “Lutyens-Jekyll” gardens that I am the most interested in. They overflowed with hardy shrubbery and herbaceous plantings; a combined classical style of architecture, stairs and balustraded terraces, with informal brick paths, softened by herbaceous borders. This look was in direct contrast to the formal bedding schemes planted by previous English gardeners. This new “natural” style has defined the “English garden” to this day; one of the reason that both Lutyens-Jekyll are remembered with such respect.