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The Surrey Gardens Trust has undertaken a variety of projects within the county. Some of the most notable of these are the following:

 

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW
In 1993, the Trust marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gertrude Jekyll, who lived most of her life in Surrey, by creating a flower border at the Flower Show using an original drawing of 1920. The planting illustrated Miss Jekyll's grouping of hot and cool colours and was backed by a montage of a Surrey house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW

THE PHILLIPS MEMORIAL GARDEN, GODALMING
Also in 1993, the Phillips Memorial Garden at Godalming was restored in collaboration with Godalming Town Council and Waverley Borough Council. The Borough Council restored the fabric of the cloister and provided information boards. The Trust was responsible for replanting the garden according to Gertrude Jekyll's original planting plans. The Phillips Memorial was designed by H. Thackeray Turner and built to commemorate John Phillips, the telegraph operator who went down with the Titanic.

 

  THE PHILLIPS MEMORIAL GARDEN, GODALMING

VICTORIA GARDEN, FARNHAM
In 1997 a new garden in the centre of Farnham, designed by the Surrey Gardens Trust, was opened on the site of a derelict swimming pool which had been built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The arched entrance designed by local architect, Harold Falkner, was restored. This was the result of collaboration between the Surrey Gardens Trust, the Farnham Swimming Baths Trust, the Friends of the Victoria Garden and Waverley Borough Council. The garden was designed to be easy to maintain and to appeal to all ages. It is maintained by the Friends of the Victoria Garden and is regularly used by local play groups, office workers eating their lunch and the elderly from adjacent sheltered housing.

 

  VICTORIA GARDEN, FARNHAM

GERTRUDE JEKYLL DRAWINGS
After Miss Jekyll's death in 1932 a large number of her working drawings were taken to the USA and ended up in the Reef Point Collection at the University of Berkeley in California. Godalming Museum held a copy of these drawings on microfilm and the Trust has helped fund a scheme to produce hard copy from these microfilms. Trust members sorted the drawings and revised the index. Bound copies are available for reference at Godalming Museum.

 

  GERTRUDE JEKYLL DRAWINGS

GERTRUDE JEKYLL LETTERS
In 2009 volunteers from Surrey Gardens Trust and Godalming Museum completed the indexing of copies of most of the correspondence between Miss Jekyll and her clients which were omitted from the Drawings Collection previously copied. The letters have been bound into ten volumes and are now available for reference at Godalming Museum.

 

 

 
GERTRUDE JEKYLL DRAWINGS

JELLICOE ROOF GARDEN, GUILDFORD
In 1958 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe designed a roof garden for Harvey's Department store in Guildford. It had all the magical and fantastic elements of the fifties when the first Sputnik spun into space and is a remarkable survival of the period. Over the years it had become unused and neglected. In 2000-1 as part of the alterations carried out at the House of Fraser store, the gardens were refurbished 'in the spirit of Jellicoe' by House of Fraser in conjunction with Draffin Associates Landscape Consultants and Gerry Lytle Architects. Surrey Gardens Trust with the help of Guildford Borough Council designed an Information Board for the garden. This was funded by GBC and House of Fraser.

 

  JELLICOE ROOF GARDEN, GUILDFORD

GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL
The Surrey Gardens Trust has launched a campaign in partnership with the Guildford Cathedral Chapter to enhance the Western Approaches to the Cathedral. The approach to Guildford Cathedral is a landscape of great significance and the Trust is delighted to assist with this important project. The first phase - the design and planting of a new bed beneath the West Steps - was completed in time for the enthronement on 27 November 2004 of the new Bishop, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill. Local school children helped with the planting and it is hoped that this will be the beginning of a long relationship between the local community, the Cathedral and the Trust. There are further plans under consideration which should greatly enhance the area and have impact well into the next century.

  JELLICOE ROOF GARDEN, GUILDFORD
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