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Gertrude Jekyll Gets Google Doodle on 174th Birthday

WOODBURY – Famed horticultural designer Gertrude Jekyll got the Google Doodle treatment today in honor of her 174th birthday.

Jekyll has strong ties to Woodbury, even though she never set foot in the town. For that matter, Jekyll, who lived in England, never set foot in the United States. In 1926, Jekyll was commissioned to plan an “old fashioned” garden to enhance Woodbury’s newly-created Glebe House museum on Hollow Road, according to the website Connecticut’s Historical Gardens.

Jekyll created more than 400 gardens in the United States and England, and just three in the United States. The one at the Glebe House is the only one which still stands, according to the official website of the Jekyll Estate.

Although a small garden when compared with the some of the more elaborate designs she completed, the Gertrude Jekyll Garden includes a classic English style mixed border and foundation plantings, and a planted stone terrace, according to the Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jeckyll Garden website.

For reasons unknown today, the garden Jekyll planned was never fully installed in the 1920s, and its very existence was forgotten. After the rediscovery of the plans in the late 1970s the project began in earnest in the late 1980s and is now being completed according to the original plans.

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