The Glebe House Museum located on 49 Hollow Road off Rte. 6 in Woodbury, the “antiques” capital of Connecticut is hosting a book sale on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books will be available cover many topics including gardening, history, fiction, non-fiction, children & youth, coffee table books and more. Visitors may also find puzzles to occupy their time.
In addition to books, there will be a selection of plants from the Gertrude Jekyll Garden will also be available for purchase. This plant sale will continue throughout the season, replenished as product is available. The Garden was designed in 1926 by the famed English horticultural designer and writer Gertrude Jekyll. It was commissioned by board member Annie Burr Jennings (Colonial Dame, heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, living in Fairfield, Connecticut, Connecticut Trustee at Mount Vernon) to create an “old fashioned” garden to enhance the newly created museum. Miss Jekyll had a profound influence on modern garden design and is widely considered the greatest gardener of the 20th century. Although a small garden, when compared with the some 400 more elaborate designs she completed in England and on the continent, the Gertrude Jekyll Garden includes a classic English style mixed border and foundation plantings, and a planted stone terrace.
One of the most interesting facts about this garden is that it 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. The garden we see at the Glebe House today is the only extant garden designed by Jekyll in the United States.