This charming book, first published in 1912 as Gardens for Small Country Houses by Country Life at a time when both Jekyll and Weaver were writing for the magazine, contains the substance of a legend. It embodies the period when the Arts and Crafts Movement had evolved into country house architecture and then found its most delightful expression in the making of gardens.
This new edition, which has been re-titled to distinguish it from the original book, is now illustrated with colour photographs and reproductions of contemporary paintings and watercolours which bring new colour and light to a vanished world. In their collaboration on this book, the authors found common ground and reveled in their mutual intuitive approach to artistic and historic gardening ideas.
Arts and Crafts Gardens is a practical handbook with invaluable information on garden restoration, insights into craftsmanship and planting relationships, and provides a fascinating classic text on garden design.
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) studied painting as a young girl, then fulfilled many commissions, enjoying a considerable reputation as an artist and craftswoman before becoming a "gardener". A friend and partner with Edwin Lutyens, she collaborated with him on over one hundred houses and gardens, mainly in the years up to the First World War. She was one of the most influential gardeners of the twentieth century, responsible for radical changes in the approach to garden design. Her writings are all based on personal experience gained in her legendary garden at Munstead Wood. Many of her gardening books, including Home and Garden and Wood and Garden, which are the best introductions to her work and theories, have been reprinted and are available from Antique Collectors" Club.
Sir Lawrence Weaver (1876-1930) had a distinguished and many faceted career, but it was as an architect, architectural critic and more especially as the architectural editor of Country Life, from 1910-1916, that he is best remembered today. It was through the pages of Country Life that he was ideally suited to assimilate and assess the trends, fashions and influences in the world of domestic architecture.
132 colour & 434 b/w illustrations