Part 1: Introduction

Part 1: Introduction

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Basking peacefully on a Somerset hillside, the formal garden at Hestercombe is not only the quintessential Edwardian garden, but widely held to be the finest ever produced by the celebrated partnership of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens.

The rescue of the garden in the 1970s by the Somerset County Architect's Department and the Somerset Fire Brigade, was, according to Patrick Taylor in The Oxford Companion to Gardens, ‘a pioneer feat of restoration...at a time when Lutyens and Jekyll, while not exactly forgotten, were woefully neglected'.

An Edwardian garden