Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a British horticulturist, garden designer, craftswoman, photographer, writer and artist. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles for magazines such as Country Life and William Robinson's The Garden. Jekyll has been described as "a premier influence in garden design" by British and American gardening enthusiasts. A talented painter, photographer, designer and craftswoman; she was much influenced by Arts & Crafts principles. Gertrude Jekyll was also well known for her collaboration with the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Surrey History Centre holds albums of paintings and sketches, recording visits to Italy, France, England, Scotland, Wales and to Algiers - as well as original manuscripts and photographs.

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