Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

He was commissioned by the late Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan soon after her arrival at Cottesbrooke. An English landscape architect, garden designer and author, with very eclectic tastes. Recognised as the leading figure of his profession in England throughout much of the 20th century.

He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School and became increasingly interested in Italian Renaissance gardens, the subject on which his first book was published.

This influence gave many of his early designs formal layouts with strong axes, which can be clearly seen in the Forecourt at Cottesbrooke. The additions of statues, and later verticals of the new herbaceous planting adds baroque character of which we hope he would have approved.