09/19/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO | Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

COURTESY PHOTO |
Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The two grande dames that come to mind immediately are Gertrude Jekyll and Edith Wharton.

Gertrude Jekyll was born in London in 1843. Her father was an officer in the Grenadier Guards and her younger brother was a close friend of Robert Louis Stevenson — so close that Stevenson felt free to borrow the family’s last name for his famous story, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” (more…)

09/15/14 12:00pm
HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO | Alice Eastwood in 1927.

HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO |
Alice Eastwood in 1927.

Alice Eastwood was a plantsman.

She was born in 1859 in Toronto, Canada. Her mother died when she was six and she was cared for in a convent for most of her childhood. In 1873, at the age of 14, she moved with her remaining family members to the United States. (more…)