Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

by Marta Malavasi

The landscape of a man.

Sutton Place Garden, Surrey, England.

A Tudor house with a great twentieth century garden, designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe for Stanley J Seeger. With his developing interest in Jung, Jellicoe saw the design as an allegory of human evolution, with creation, life and aspiration.

Il giardino di Mirò

Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden

.  Harvey’s Store Roofgarden (now House of Fraser), Surrey, England.

The garden has been renamed and restored, on the roof of what is now the House of Fraser Store in Guildford High Street. It was designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe to symbolize the flight of the first sputnik and overlooks Guildford and the North Downs. The garden was completely rebuilt on a smaller scale in 2000.

. Kennedy Memorial, Surrey, England.

A memorial garden, for President John F Kennedy. The acre of land on which it is set, a gift to America, overlooks the valley in which Magna Carta was signed. Jellicoe designed a flight of steps, rising through the woods to reach a glade in which the memorial stone is set. It draws upon The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan’s allegory of life as a journey. This was a key project in the development of Jellicoe’s view on the role of the subconscious in landscape design.

. Cliveden Garden, Buckinghamshire, England.

Cliveden stands on a high wooded plateau overlooking the River Thames. The name “Cliveden” (formerly Cliffden or Clyveden) means “valley among cliffs”. The garden is in the Italian mode of the nineteenth century Mixed Style.

. Mottisfont Abbey Garden, Hampshire, England.

A former Augustinian priory beside the River Test with a park and garden. The park has ancient trees and an eighteenth century summer house. The Lime Walk was designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1936.