At its loveliest filled with taller flowers. Flower Glass No 1 lends itself well to lilies or gladioli.
The vivid petals or anemones and their feathery leaves look well against this shape’s simple lines.
A photograph from Miss Jekyll’s archives shows this shape filled with tulips.
Miss Jekyll designed and commissioned the Munstead Flower Glasses when she failed to find vases that met her exacting standards. She used them to display the flowers grown in her garden at Munstead Wood, Surrey, and they feature in many of her photographs. In 1903, Miss Jekyll’s designs were rewarded with silver and bronze medals from The Royal Horticultural Society and National Rose Society.
Over a century later, we’ve reintroduced the Munstead Flower Glasses so your own arrangements may benefit from their uncluttered lines. →
"The Love of Gardening is a seed that once sown, never dies but always grows." — Gertrude Jekyll
'Artist, Gardener, Craftswoman' is inscribed on Miss Jekyll’s grave. Designed by her friend and collaborator Edwin Lutyens, it is a simple testament to a formidably accomplished woman.
Born in London in 1843, the young Gertrude spent her childhood in Bramley, amid the rural heaths and woods of Surrey. In 1861 she enrolled at the South Kensington Schools (later the Royal College of Art) and went on to become a talented artist, craftswoman and interior decorator. She later turned to gardening due to deteriorating eyesight.
Miss Jekyll thought of the garden as a palette, arranging and grouping plants according to colour, texture and shape. She followed these principles in her own garden at Munstead Wood, where she also established a plant nursery.
From 1881, Miss Jekyll contributed copious gardening articles to The Garden and other publications. She also wrote fourteen books, illustrated with her own photographs. Though she didn’t court publicity, Munstead Wood became well known and many visitors called.
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