Inspiration In The Artist’s Garden

Our new collection stems from the garden as we explore the work of Arts and Crafts gardener Gertrude Jekyll.


August in a Cornish garden is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy your surroundings.

This month we explored the work of Gertrude Jekyll, an influential gardener of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The Great Plat at Hestercombe Gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.

Chris White, Hestercombe Gardens
The Great Plat at Hestercombe Gardens, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.

Gertrude had a creative approach to planting, creating artistic effects with colour drifts that have become synonymous with English country gardens.

The Great Plat at Hestercombe Gardens, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.

Chris White, Hestercombe Gardens
The Great Plat at Hestercombe Gardens, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.

Her eye for colour and form remains prominent today, and her style is reflected in the gardens of contemporary Cornish designers like our Modern Creative, Sam Ovens.

We photographed our collection inspired by Gertrude’s gardens at Bonython Estate, on the Lizard Peninsula. Watch the video of our favourite pieces and see our print designers discussing their inspirations.

Summer Prints

Our new prints are inspired by the illustrations in Gertrude’s sketchbooks and filled with the rich tones of Cornish blooms.

Sophie Chadwick painted this elegant floral print featuring Alstromeria flowers in hues of pink and burnt orange.

New Seasalt Gertrude dress in alstroemeria floral with tie waist

Gertrude Dress in Alstroemeria

In Gertrude Jekyll’s herbaceous borders she planted swathes of different colours, almost painting with plants. This intricate print, named Painterly Planting, was inspired by the effect of these colour palletes.

Sophie Chadwick created this print to celebrate the ‘English garden’ style of Gertrude’s flower borders. We love the vintage feel of this design which uses different shades of blue to create depth.

New Seasalt Stonecrop tunic in Floral Border print

Stonecrop tunic in Floral Border

Fresh Colour Palette

Our August palette is a celebration of colour, drawing from late Summer flowers in Gertrude’s gardens.

Echinacea heads inspired a warm rich umber red, balanced by cooler shades of Cornflower blue and tones of seagrass.

New Seasalt Ramie tunics inspired by the colours of a late summer Cornish garden

Delicate Shading Tunics

Mossy green bricked pathways inspired our Creek colour, and the soft shade of dried grasses is set against cool grey blue and a lively grape purple, pulling together the tones of late summer borders.

August Window Displays

This month, Seasalt shops will be bursting with botanical life to celebrate The Artists Garden collection. Fig, hollyhock and hosta plants fill the windows with foliage, surrounding our mannequins in their beautiful late summer styles.

handmade cardboard plants in our Falmouth shop window display

Our Falmouth shop window display

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