Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Munstead Wood, prototype of classic English garden, saved for nation

Munstead Wood’s 11-acre garden surrounds an Arts and Crafts house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Photograph: Megan Taylor/National Trust
Munsted Wŭd’z 11-ecr gardn srǎndz an Arts n Crafts hǎs dzînd bî Sr Edwin Lućnz. Foṭgraf: Megn Teilr/Naśnl Trust

Munsted Wŭd, prottîp v clasic Ñgliś gardn, sevd fr neśn

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 1 June 2023)

Naśnl Trust t rstor Grtrud Jīcl’z ‘horṭculćṛl jem’ at Lućnz-dzînd hom in Suri bfr public oṗnñ

Harriet Sherwood
Harịt Śrwŭd

Ʈrzde 1 Jūn 2023

A  gardn crietd bî ɖ pạniyrñ horticulćṛlist Grtrud Jīcl ɖt wz ɖ prottîp v ɖ modn Ñgliś gardn hz bn sevd fr ɖ neśn bî ɖ Naśnl Trust.

Munsted Wŭd nir Goḍlmñ, Suri, Jīcl’z hom n gardn untl hr deʈ in 1932, wz aqîrd bî ɖ trust ʈru a prîṿt seil wɖ s’port fṛm ɖ guvnmnt “in ordr t s’kr it fr public injômnt n beṇfit”, ɖ NT sd.

Ɖ 11-ecr gardn wl nǎ b asest bî NT xprts bfr a program v resṭreśn v ɖ grǎndz n hǎs bginz. It z nt xpctd t opn t ɖ public fr at līst a yir.

A view through into Munstead Wood’s summer garden from the herbaceous border. Photograph: Megan Taylor/National Trust
A vy ʈru intu Munsted Wŭd’z sumrgardn fṛm ɖ hbeśs bordr. Foṭgraf: Megn Teilr/Naśnl Trust

Munsted Wŭd wz dscrîbd az a “horṭculćṛl jem” srǎndñ an Arts n Crafts hǎs dzînd bî Sr Edwin Lućnz.

Andi Jaspr, ɖ NT’z hed v gardnz n parcḷndz, sd it wz a “delic̣t n inćantñ spes – a bytifl Lućnz bildñ srǎndd bî amezñ arc̣tecćr”.

Spīcñ fṛm Munsted Wŭd, h sd: “Ɖ sún z rflectñ on roddendṛnz in fl blūm n azełz ɖt r a ci fīćr v ɖs gardn. Ɖ er z ʈic wɖ ɖer sént. I’v jst woćt a fox wōc in frunt v m.”

Jīcl muvd t Munsted Wŭd in ɖ 1890z, bginñ wrc on ɖ gardnz bfr imbarcñ on ɖ hǎs. Ś ran a gardn sntr ɖr n bréd mni ny plants.

Ś bcem wn v ɖ most influenśl gardn dzînrz n trnsformd horṭculćṛl practis, c’lectñ plants in Britn n Yṛp n intṛdysñ at līst 30 ny vraytiz intu Britiś gardnz.

Jīcl crietd abt 400 gardnz in ɖ YC, Yṛp n America, c’laḅretñ wɖ Lućnz on mni projects. Ś rout mni bcs, n cntribytd mor ɖn 1,000 articlz t Cuntrilîf, ɖ Gardn n uɖr maġzīnz, n wz olso a taḷntd pentr, ftogṛfr n craftswŭmn

Ś wz ɖ frst wmn t b awordd ɖ Royl Horṭculćṛl Ssayti’z Victoria Medl v Onr – ɖ hîist aword fr Britiś horticulć̣rists.

A photograph of a painting of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson. Photograph: National Trust
A foṭgraf v a pentñ v Grtrud Jīcl bî Wiłm Niclsn. Foṭgraf: Naśnl Trust

“Bfr Jīcl, lêt Victorịn gardnz wr forml, olmst reɉmntd plesz,” sd Jaspr. “Jīcl startd yzñ plants lîc a pentr wd yz a pálit v ôlpents. Y start t si a sns v ʈiytr n śǒmnśp n dlît.”

Ś crietd eriaz “lîc a siriz v rūmz” t flǎr in difṛnt sīznz, “so ɖr wz olwz smʈñ t si. Ś riyli pleid wɖ culr. Ś yzd vri stroñ, brît culrz in ɖ fōrgrǎnd, n ɖen mor ḿtd śêdz at ɖ rir, t criet a sort v fōrśorṭnñ so y imajin ɖ bordrz wr mć dīpr ɖn ɖe wr.”

Sm v Jīcl’z orijinl plantñ svîvz at Munsted Wŭd, ptiklrli in ɖ wŭdḷnd gardn ẃr hr aproć t artistic “wîld garḍnñ” z evidnt.

Ɖ forml paɖz, wōlz n pond nir ɖ hǎs rmen intact, n Jīcl’z iṇvtiv rocgardn wz rīsntli rīdiscuvrd berid undr leyrz v gardndebri.

In ɖ 1950z ɖ gardn wz simpḷfaid, bt lêtr ǒnrz v ɖ proṗti rstord Jīcl’z dzîn n plantñ. Ɖ NT’z resṭreśnproject wl b best on svîvñ dokmntri evidns, includñ foṭgrafs, plantñplanz, pentñz n ritn dscripśnz.

Munstead Wood’s north courtyard. Photograph: Megan Taylor/National Trust
Munsted Wŭd’z norʈ cortyard. Foṭgraf: Megn Teilr/Naśnl Trust

Jaspr sd Munsted Wŭd wz “nt onli a rer svîvñ xampl v Jīcl’z wrc, it z olso ɖ gardn ẃr ś dveḷpt n clirli xprest hr îdīaz, n ɖ brʈples v hr rić c’laḅreśn wɖ Sr Edwin Lućnz.

“It wz ɖ sors v ɖ plantñ xperimnts ś dscrîbd in hr raitñ, ɖ hub v hr gardn dzîn n nrṣri biznis n hd a hyj inflụns on gardn dzîn n plantñ nt jst in Britn bt inṭnaśṇli.”

Ɖ gardn śǒcest “Jīcl’z sigṇćr naćṛlistic dzîn, hr bold ys v culr n iṇvtiv ys v evride plants. Ɖr z no gretr xampl v a clasic Ñgliś gardn.”

Hiḷri McGredi, ɖ NT’z d’rectr jenṛl, sd: “Ɖ svîvl v bʈ hǎs n gardn ofrz an xtrordnri ćans t tel ɖ stori v ɖ hǎs n gardn, n Jīcl’z inorṃs impact, inspîrñ a ny jeṇreśn v gardnrz n nećr luvrz. It’s dificlt t oṿstet ɖ importns v ɖs seminl gardn.”

Instroduction to Ñspel

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