100 years of a visual gem

A NORTH Northumberland garden has unveiled a plaque to honour its centenary.

It is 100 years since work began on the walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll at the National Trust-run Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island.

The eighth-of-an-acre plot is probably her smallest project and is certainly the tiniest entire garden in the Trust’s portfolio.

But it is regarded by many as one of Gertrude’s most artistic creations, described by Lindisfarne gardener Philippa Hodkinson as a ‘little visual gem – an oasis of glorious colour and scent (in summer, at least) in the middle of a field.’

Now a specially commissioned tablet of Gertrude inspired by a sketch of her at work pencilled by her close friend, the architect Edwin Lutyens, is to take pride of place in the castle garden.

It was officially unveiled on Monday at a special Gertrude Jekyll Centenary Day in association with the National Gardens Scheme – the first time the organisation has worked with Lindisfarne Castle – along with a colour illustration of the original planting plan.

All garden entrance proceeds from the event were donated to the National Gardens Scheme.