The New English Garden

The New English Garden

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In The New English Garden the leading garden writer Tim Richardson, author of The Arcadian Friends, discusses twenty-five significant English gardens made or remade over the past decade. Together these represent a coherent overview of what remains probably the most inventive garden culture in the world. With the benefit of an international perspective, the author surveys a wide spectrum of gardens in styles ranging from the cutting-edge naturalistic planting design of the Sheffield School to the scientific imagery of Througham Court. While many of these gardens are challenging or thought-provoking, other reflect the sensuously romantic tradition of English planting design, which has also been moving ahead in interesting ways. Through Tim Richardson's incisive writing, The New English Garden presents all that is most interesting about garden-making in England in the twenty-first century and is beautifully illustrated by Andrew Lawson's photography of some of England's most famous gardens, from Prince Charles's garden at Highgrove, Christopher Llyod's garden at Great Dixter and Arabella Lennox-Boyd's garden at Gresgarth right up to the Olympic Park in 2012. The Full List of Gardens is: * Armscote Manor * Mount St John * Packwood House * Scamptson Hall * Daylesford House * The Lynn Garden, Ascott * Great Dixter * Througham Court * Crockmore House * Pettifers * Waltham Place * Highgrove * Living Wall, Athenaeum Hotel * Trentham * Plaz Mataxu * Cottesbrooke Hall * Olympic Park * Temple Guiting * Angel Field * Hanham Court * Tilbuty Hall * Gresgarth * Bury Court * The Laskett * Wildsideshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 258 x 310 x 34mm | 2,439.96g
  • Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300 colour photographs
  • 0711232709
  • 9780711232709
  • 137,408

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"the author admirably and eloquently provides a survey of 25 significant gardens made or remade in the past decade. .. his erudite text, complemented by sumptuous photography by Andrew Lawson, captures the actuality and spirit of time and place." The Garden "one of the most important and interesting gardening books published this year ... Richardson writes elegantly and perceptively ... Lawson's photographs are of sparkling quality and depth" -- Ursula Buchan The Spectator "There can be few garden observers who are more knowledgeable and curious about gardens and garden design than Tim Richardson." Garden Design Journal "a finely written book, glorious to look at, provocative, deeply admiring of the current excellence of English garden making, and with its own cutting-edge sense of fun." The Lady "Gorgeous photography means you can almost smell the roses as you turn the pages strolling through 24 of the grandest gardens created in the past decade" You magazine (Mail on Sunday) "gloriously photographed book ... Richardson, one of the punchiest writers around, has taken a risk by including historic gardens that are more 'renewed' than new, but, as ever, he pulls it off." The Sunday Times 'the best kind of book to have by your side ... a big lush production, superbly put together ... most of the photographs are by Andrew Lawson (nobody is better) ... So, in your mind, you might already have glued this book to the coffee table. Don't. Richardson is a terrific writer. The great strength of The New English Garden is to show what a various creature that garden is.' -- Anna Pavord The Independent 'a sumptuous record- much to admire - and envy.' Country Living "Superb photographs show both the explosive detail in the beds and the sweep of the landscapes, and Richardson's text looks firmly at the intellectual as well as the horticultural and design content of these gardens." Historic Gardens Review 'Intelligent, though-provoking and occasionally contentious. If you are serious about contemporary English gardens, this is a book you cannot do without' Gardens Illustrated 'No one writes better about the English gardening scene than Tim Richardson. He has a formidable range of reference and a brilliant way with words... The book is a big, lush production, superbly put together. Most of the photographs are by Andrew Lawson (nobody is better) and they are well used, in luscious double spreads of reflecting pools and stilt hedges, eremurus and echinaceas, miscanthus and stipa... The great strength of The New English Garden is to show what a various creature that garden is ... The overall impression this book gives is not about conformity in garden design, but delicious, untrammelled variety.' -- Anna Pavord The World of Interiors "This book is a masterpiece, and will come to be seen as the classic statement of English gardens at the start of the 21st century." -- Charles Quest-Ritson Country Life "Richardson delivers an excellent overview of the current state of landscape design 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 (US) "readers with only a vest-pocket backyard to till can find ideas worth adapting on a smaller scale" Architectural Digest (US) "thought-provoking text provides a tightly knit commentary on each garden with plenty of horticultural information and potted biographies of the designer or garden creator ... all 25 gardens in this book deserve their place, each contributing to a visual treat of a book." -- Clare Foster House & Garden 'Tim writes insightfully about the 25 gardens he has chosen for the book' The English Gardenshow more

About Tim Richardson

ANDREW LAWSON is widely regarded as England's leading garden photographer. He has provided the photographs for many books, including Good Planting by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Designing Gardens (9780711217577) by Arabella Lennox Boyd, Little Sparta (9780711220850) by Jessie Sheeler, The Garden at Highgrove by HRH Prince of Wales, and The English Garden (9780711226388)by Ursula Buchan. He holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for Photography and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Writer's Guild. His garden in Oxfordshire is open under the National Gardens Scheme. TIM RICHARDSON is a garden historian and critic of contemporary landscape architecture whose published work incluldes English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden and Great Gardens of America (9780711228863).He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. Tim was founding editor of New Eden, gardens editor of Country Life and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine. He is a trustee of The Garden History Society and serves on the gardens advisory panel of the National more

Table of contents

The New English Garden List of gardens Armscote, Oxfordshire Dan Pearson A walled garden dignified by Dan Pearson's modern plantings, which lend subtle chic (and another landform) to a traditional space. Mount St John, Yorkshire Tom Stuart-Smith One of Stuart-Smith's finest and most ambitious works, in his signature planting style. Packwood House, Warwickshire Mick Evans TheNational Trust's head gardener at Packwood demonstrates how superb and original planting can complement historic topiary. Scampston Hall, Yorkshire Piet Oudolf Grasses and perennials galore at Piet Oudolf's most significant private commission thus far, a huge project in a walled garden at an historic house. Daylesford House, Gloucestershire Rupert Golby The traditional yet imaginative stylings of Rupert Golby can be enjoyed to fine effect in this private garden. Ascott, Buckinghamshire: The Lynn Garden Jacques and Peter Wirtz Sinuous curves, grassy mounds, oaks, swamp cypress and yellow-woods. Great Dixter, East Sussex Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett Head gardener Fergus Garrett is making this ever-changing garden his own after the death of his employer and mentor Christopher Lloyd. Througham Court, Gloucestershire Christine Facer Extraordinary science-inspired garden. Crockmore House, Oxfordshire Christopher Bradley-Hole Perhaps Christopher Bradley-Hole's most successful private garden to date: a rigorous Modernist grid structure is satisfyingly invaded by exuberant plantings. Pettifers, Oxfordshire Gina Price Perhaps the most original garden made by a private individual in England in the past decade, Gina Price's relatively small plot is the embodiment of the decorous collision between Arts and Crafts and New Perennials in this country. Waltham Place, Berkshire Henk Gerritsen The Dutch plantsman occupied the extreme naturalistic wing of the New Perennials movement, and this remains his masterwork. Highgrove, Gloucestershire The Prince of Wales and others The Prince of Wales's ever-evolving vision interpreted by a variety of talented individuals, including Lady Salisbury, Dame Miriam Rothschild, Rosemary Verey, Roy Strong, Julian and Isabel Bannerman. Living Wall, Athenaeum Hotel, London Patrick Blanc This eight-storey vertical living wall is an extraordinary construction and a horticultural tour de force. Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and Dominic Cole A 'Capability' Brown landscape imaginatively reworked for the twenty-first century by this dream team. Plaz Metaxu, Devon Alasdair Forbes A truly original garden of sculptures and poetic inferences in a windblown mid-Devon valley. Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire James Alexander-Sinclair This is an historic garden where everyone from Norah Lindsay to Geoffrey Jellicoe worked, but recently James Alexander-Sinclair has revamped the borders and general look to fine effect. The Olympic Park, London Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough 'Enhanced nature' - meadow plantings by the Sheffield School. Temple Guiting Manor, Gloucestershire Jinny Blom A classically elegant English garden which has been restored and redesigned by Jinny Blom in collaboration with architect Ptolemy Dean. Angel Field, Liverpool BCA Landscape Exciting new conceptual public space at Liverpool Hope University. Hanham Court, Bath Julian and Isobel Bannerman The garden the Bannermans made for themselves. The idiosyncratic attitude of this husband and wife design team blends English wit ad whimsy with a freewheeling bohemian sensibility. Tilbury Hall, Suffolk George Carter An exuberant formal design replete with a long formal canal, bosquets and statuary. Gresgarth, Lancashire Arabella Lennox-Boyd Arabella Lennox-Boyd's garden is a laboratory for design ideas and a fine design in its own right. Bury Court, Hampshire Piet Oudolf Christopher Bradley-Hole An 'Ur' garden of the New Perennials style, latterly site of good interventions by Bradley-Hole. The Laskett, Herefordshire Roy Strong Sir Roy Strong's celebrated formal garden with strong autobiographical overtones has recently been completely revamped. Wildside Plants, Devon Keith Wiley Wiley's latest experimental garden - a super-naturalistic jewel box with almost hallucinogenic more
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