Jekyll Trug

Hilary Burns

The Jekyll Trug by basket-maker Hilary Burns. An intricately detailed trug basket woven from willow grown on Hilary's own Devonshire willow bed.

This basket is a contemporary interpretation of the 'Munstead' basket, designed by Gertrude Jekyll, an influential British horticulturist and artist from the 19th century. The original 'Munstead' basket was named after Gertrude's Home in Godalming, Surrey, known for its extensive gardens. The basket has been designed to hold flowers, being especially suited to those with long stems, but it can also be used as a decorative piece.

Material: Willow
cm: Width 29cm, Depth 75cm, Height 30cm
inches: Width 11.4in, Depth 29.5in, Height 11.8in
Care Instructions: Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place.


Hilary grows numerous varieties of willow on the Dartington estate in Devon. Between November and March she harvests the crops herself, drying the rods and re-soaking them so they can be woven into various functional and decorative forms throughout the year. Hilary’s basketwork applies traditional techniques in a contemporary way, typically using heavy willow to give her pieces a robust and sculptural style.
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.