Young Lutyens met the eccentric Jekyll at a tea party in rural Surrey in 1889. Although he always found women difficult, he found in the older Miss Jekyll someone who empathised with his big ideas in design, detailing and distinctiveness. She opened social doors to him, and he brought her theories and experiments in garden-making onto the national stage. Separately they were interesting, curious, isolated: together they proved irrestible.
Lecturer: Steven Desmond
An independent landscape consultant, Steven has specialised in historic gardens and architecture since 1985. A freelance lecturer, including the Universities of Bristol and Oxford; a specialist tour leader and lecturer in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. He carried out a DFAS lecture tour of Australia in 2010.
He is a writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics and his book Gardens of the Italian Lakes, with photography by Marianne Majerus, is published by Frances Lincoln.