Mrs C W Earle, as she was better known to her readers, lived at “Woodlands” in Cobham. She was a horticultralist and writer on garden subjects, her books influenced many subsequent writers on gardening subjects including Gertrude Jekyll. Mrs Earle’s social circle very much admired the way in which she developed the two acre garden at “Woodlands”. The garden was originally quite flat and featureless when the Earles moved in. Mrs Earle developed her garden to include a terrace with containers of plants, beds and borders of hardy plants and a kitchen garden planted with a wide range of culinary herbs. With some encouragement from her niece Constance Lytton, Mrs Earle compiled a book of reflective essays on gardening and household matters arranged by month of the year.
Surrey History Centre has copies of Mrs Earle’s books including (click the links to see the library catalogue entries):
Mrs Earle contributed a chapter on spring in Garden Colour: notes and watercolour sketches by Margaret Waterfield (1905) (click the book title to see the library catalogue entry).
This book contains reproductions of watercolours by Margaret Waterfield including some illustrations showing the borders at Milton Court, Dorking.