Synopses & Reviews
Gardening is rich in tradition, and many gardens are explicitly designed to refer to or honor the past. But garden design is also rich in innovation, and in The Making of Place
John Dixon Hunt explores the wide varieties of approaches, aesthetics, and achievements in garden design throughout the world today.
The gardens Hunt explores offer surprising new ideas about how we can carve out a space for and#160;respite in nature. Taking readers to gardens public and private, busy and hidden away, to botanical gardens, small parks, university campuses, and vernacular gardens, Hunt showcases the differences between cultures and countries around the globe, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Australia. Richly illustrated, The Making of Place is sure to enchant and inspire even the most modest of home gardeners.
In his latest authoritative treatise, UK gardening writer Richardson (former gardens editor, Country Life; Great Gardens of America) explores current trends and developments in British landscape design through the prism of 25 different English gardens that have been designed or redesigned in the last decade. Each creation merits a concise yet engaging essay by Richardson about the philosophy and intentions of the designer(s) and how successfully they were embodied in the ensuing gardens. Lush color photographs by Lawson (The Gardener's Book of Color) contribute to simply stunning results. The scope of gardening styles covered ranges from modern designs, such as Patrick Blanc's Living Wall at London's Athenaeum Hotel, to the more classic look, for example, Jinny Bloom's Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire. VERDICT Richardson delivers an excellent overview of the current state of landscape design in England, making this title complementary to Ursula Buchan's The English Garden, which has its own Lawson photographs and thematically covers the long history of public gardens in England. This book's spot-on combination of pithy prose and drool-worthy images will make it a sure hit with landscape-design professionals and armchair gardeners alike. - Library Journal
"...the floral combinations and the broad fields of grass are stunning evidence of nature appreciation." - CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, Current Books on Gardening and Botany
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"beautiful and intelligent" - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"What makes an "English garden" English? Must they all be luxurious herbaceous borders lashed with climbing roses and speckled with violets as though they leapt straight out of a storybook? Thankfully, as intelligently detailed in The New English Garden, the answer is an emphatic no." - ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
"British writer, photographer, and historian Tim Richardson offers solid proof that the English garden is in the midst of an extraordinary transformation...Stunning photos by Andrew Lawson accompany each garden profile, and more than 300 of them throughout the book will give you a great sense of the new English style." - Garden Design Online
"Top Ten Garden Books of 2013 "fascinatingly explores this very vital moment of design flux, which is so very rich in inspiration and possibility. Thoughtful and amazing plant combinations and re-combinations are beautifully presented and detailed." -THE GARDEN INTERIOR
"... the book is a beautiful exposition of beautiful gardens in unarguably the most emulated gardening country in the world." - Country Gardens Magazine
"... beautifully photographed, sensuously appealing volume slathered with full-page photographs and huge double-page spreads so large you feel you could fall into them. The book is a hedonistic delight and a source of many hour's diversion and, if you're so inclined, a pleasant opportunity for learning....This is far more than the usual coffee table book on gardens, with extraordinary photography and intelligent text conceived and written by one of the most learned and perceptive writers on gardening in the English Language." - VIEW FROM FEDERAL TWIST
A comprehensive overview of the contemporary English garden scene, by the dream team of Tim Richardson, most perceptive and insightful of contemporary writers on gardens, and renowned garden photographer Andrew Lawson.
The past ten to fifteen years has been an exceptionally rich period in English garden design, and for this book Tim Richardson has selected twenty-five gardens which have gone through an intense phase of creativity and innovation during this time span. The gardens chosen (most of which are open to the public), cover the wide range of styles flourishing in English garden design today and range from the Prince of Wales's garden at Highgrove, through Trentham Gardens (a 'Capability' Brown landscape imaginatively reworked for the twentieth-century by Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and Dominic Cole), Arabella Lennox-Boyd's own garden and 'laboratory for design ideas' at Gresgarth and Dan Pearson's Gardener's Cottage to Christopher Bradley-Hole's Modernist garden at Crockmore House, Kim Wilkie's astonishing Orpheus Landform, and Alasdair Ford's truly original garden of sculptures and poetic inferences at Plaz Metaxu.
About the Author
is a painter, a passionate and knowledgeable gardener, and author of several successful gardening books.
Tim Richardson is a writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He now contributes mostly to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and the award-winning The New English Garden published by Frances Lincoln. He is also editor of Vista: the Culture and Politics of Gardens (Frances Lincoln).