Orchards was the country home of Sir William Chance, 2nd Baronet, and his wife, Lady Julia Chance. Designed and built between 1897 and 1902 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with gardens by Gertrude Jekyll, it was their first collaboration on an entirely new house and garden and an important milestone for both. Not coincidentally, Jekyll lived just down the road from Orchards at Munstead Wood (also the work of Lutyens), and it was her house that inspired Lady Chance to engage this team for her own home. Orchards' formal gardens were located on the east side of the house and included the so-called "Dutch" garden, an extensive kitchen garden (in reality an expansive flower garden showing Jekyll's horticultural artistry to its best advantage), a vegetable garden (at some distance from the house), and a shrub garden adjacent to the south terrace. There was also a croquet lawn and a loggia terrace that provided not only comfortable seating but an overview of the "Dutch" garden. Several of Thomas Sears's 1906 photographs of Orchards were published in The American Architect in 1909.
Persons associated with the garden include Gertrude Jekyll (garden designer, 1897-1902); Sir Edwin Lutyens (architect, 1897-1902); Sir William Chance (former owner, 1897-1935); and Lady Julia Chance (former owner, 1897-1949).
The folder includes worksheets, a photocopied book excerpt, and additional information about the house and garden.
Garden has been featured in Country Life (August 31, 1901), pp. 272-279 [article by Gertrude Jekyll]
Garden has been featured in The American Architect, XCVI, No. 1758 (September 1, 1909)
Garden has been featured in David Ottewill, The Edwardian Garden (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989), pp. 69-71+
Garden has been featured in Colin Davies, Key Houses of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006)
Garden has been featured in Hermann Muthesius, The English House, Volume I: Development (London: Frances Lincoln Ltd., 2007), pp. 193-194