Maria Teresa Earle née Villiers (1836-1925)

Photograph of Mrs Earle in the garden at “Woodlands” from Pot-Pourri Mixed by Two

Photograph of Mrs Earle in the garden at “Woodlands” from
Pot-Pourri Mixed by Two

Mrs C W Earle, as she was better known to her readers, lived at “Woodlands” in Cobham. She was a horticulturalist 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.

Villiers family group, with Marie Teresa seated in the centre, and Constance Lytton seated on the floor to her right, 1863, albumen print, photographer unknown (permission of National Portrait Gallery)

Villiers family group, with Marie Teresa seated in the centre, and Constance Lytton seated on the floor to her right, 1863, albumen print, photographer unknown
permission of National Portrait Gallery)

Find out more about Mrs C W Earle and her connection to Gertrude Jekyll.

Surrey History Centre has copies of Mrs Earle’s books including (click the links to see the library catalogue entries):

Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden (1897)

More Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden (1899)

A Third Pot-pourri (1903)

Pot-Pourri mixed by two (1914) with Ethel Case

Cover: Garden colour / notes and watercolour sketches by Margaret Waterfield

Cover: Garden colour / notes and watercolour sketches by Margaret Waterfield

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.

From Garden Colour: Border of Annuals - Milton Court, Dorking

From Garden Colour: Border of Annuals – Milton Court, Dorking

From Garden Colour: Hollyhock - Milton Court, Dorking

From Garden Colour: Hollyhock – Milton Court, Dorking

One thought on “Maria Teresa Earle née Villiers (1836-1925)”

  1. rosella mamoli zorzi says:

    would you have letters by Mrs. Earle? I am trying to see if Henry James’s visit to Cobham on Dec. 22 1897 was a visit to Mrs. Earle. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    thanking you
    rosella mamoli zorzi

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