Members Event | Gertrude Jekyll, the Garden, and the Photograph


Members Event | Gertrude Jekyll, the Garden, and the Photograph

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

As one of the pioneering women garden designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gertrude Jekyll is widely credited with having invented the modern perennial garden. Through her long partnership with the architect Edwin Lutyens, she created some of the most beloved gardens of England, as well as projects in France, Ireland, and the United States. The work of subsequent garden designers such as Beatrix Farrand is unimaginable without Jekyll’s influence. Less well known is that due to a degenerative eye condition, Jekyll became legally blind by midlife and took up the camera as a way of seeing the landscapes she loved and those she made. This richly illustrated talk by James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director, will take us on a summer armchair tour of a few of Jekyll’s garden designs, as well as her achievement as a woman who pioneered new ways of seeing in the early 20th century.

Please note that registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are already a member, register now. If you are not currently a member, setup your free membership.

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This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, enter the Zoom webinar, then open a separate web browser to visit, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar" español "o el idioma de su elección.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

The Strode House, built in 1674, seen from the Lily Garden at Barrington Court, Somerset. Gertrude Jekyll’s influence can be seen in the planting here. Credit: NTPL/Mark Bolton