Who Is Gertrude Jekyll? Why Google Is Celebrating Her Global Creations

An innovative horticulturalist and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll created hundreds of gardens and inspired many others with her eye for detail and color.

In honor of what would be her 174th birthday, Google celebrated the legendary garden designer Wednesday with a Google Doodle of colorful plants and flowers — and her looking on.

As Google notes in its description of its ode to the artist, Jekyll had many talents that aided her designs. She was also a writer, musician, botanist, composer, woodworker and metalworker.

“Her foundation as a budding artist greatly influenced her breathtaking creations,” Google wrote of Jekyll.

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BARRINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 18: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and head gardener Christine Brain tour the Gertrude Jekyll inspired Arts and Crafts Garden at Barrington Court on July 18, 2007 in Barrington, England. (Photo by Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/WireImage)

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and head gardener Christine Brain tour the Gertrude Jekyll inspired Arts and Crafts Garden at Barrington Court on July 18, 2007 in Barrington, England. (Photo by Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/WireImage)

Born in 1843 in London, Jekyll created more than 400 gardens throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and authored more than 1,000 articles for gardening publications, according to a 1989 story from the Chicago Tribune. At the time, the Tribune wrote that decades after her death in 1932 at the age of 89, “Jekyll occupies near-legendary cult status in horticultural circles, with both American and English gardening authorities acknowledging her as a premier influence in garden design.”

To honor her legacy, British artist Ben Giles created the Google Doodle using “the hot and cool colors the horticulturist favored to create a lush and brilliant garden collage,” Google said.

The doodle on Wednesday reached Google users in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Hungary.

Google has created more than 2,000 doodles on its homepage since the idea first took off in 1998. To choose the subjects of their doodles, a team of Google staff members decide which events to celebrate each year, and assign an artist to make the concept a reality.

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