Gertrude Jekyll Garden
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Birds, bees and bumps
What to look out for throughout the year
- In July and August particularly, the garden is a riot of colour
- Eight varieties of Sweet Pea which fill the garden with scent
- Tall crimson Hollyhock give height to the garden
- Lavatera and Chrysanthemum adorn the pathways, laid out by Lutyens
- In September Gladioli and Sedum add to the spectacle
- The annual plants are removed in October
- But the herbs and veg stay in all year as a habitat for insects
- The garden is green, sustainable, and wildlife friendly
Gertrude Jekyll (nicknamed 'Bumps' by Lutyens) created this garden in 1911 and it still creates wonderful colour and scent every year.
The garden occupies the site of a vegetable patch which once provided the soldiers in the Castle with food. Gertrude’s combination of hardy annuals, colourful perennials and heritage vegetables provide a riot of colour in the summer and a leafy, sheltered oasis all year round.
The Gertrude Jekyll Plan Centenary
In July of 2011, we held a celebration day to commemorate the passing of a century since Gertrude Jekyll's planting plan was adopted at Lindisfarne. Although Jekyll had visited the Castle and designed the plan in 1906, it would not be until five years later that her ideas were put into practice. To mark the occasion, we commissioned a plaque showing Jekyll at work (based on a sketch by Lutyens) from local sculptor David Edwick.