Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1942) was one of the founding figures of modern British gardening. Born in London, she studied at the Kensington School of Art and maintained a career as a painter until nearing middle age, when she turned to horticulture. Before she died, she had written thirteen books and made plans for, or taken part in the planning of, almost 350 gardens, many of which were designed in collaboration with the architect Edwin Lutyens.
A product of one of the goddesses of the green thumb, Jekyll's 1964 book is chock-full of information on making your garden flourish. Her instruction covers not only the ins and outs of growing plants but how to think about them as well.