Gardens of Inspiration

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9780563551768: Gardens of Inspiration

Various gardening experts reveal the places and techniques that have contributed to their philosophy of garden design and planting. As well as photographing their own gardens, each contributor chooses one garden for in-depth treatment, and the photographs capture their beauty and diversity. Contributors include: Christopher Lloyd, Nigel Colburn and Dan Pearson.

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About the Author:

Vivian Russell's artistry as a photographer -- of people and landscapes as well as plants and gardens -- is matched by a gift for writing. She won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny, described by the Sunday Times (UK) as "a splendidly atmospheric photographic memoir and a perceptive and profoundly researched text." She is also the author and photographer of Dream Gardens: Discovering the Gardens of the Lake District, Gardens of the Riviera, Edith Wharton's Italian Gardens, Monet's Water Lilies, and Monet's Landscapes. Erica Hunningher is an editor and editorial consultant, with more than fourteen years' experience of working with top gardening writers, many of whom are contributors to Gardens of Inspiration. she has been the creative force behind a host of gardening classics by such authors as Beth Chatto, Penelope Hobhouse, Christopher Lloyd, Vivian Russell, and Rosemary Verey. The most recent is Colour for Adventurous Gardeners by Christopher Lloyd, who describes Erica as "the most meticulous and devoted editor imaginable."

Review:

Fifteen great gardeners and their gardens, fifteen different styles of writing, fifteen inspirational gardens. Brought together in one book by gardening editor Erica Hunningher, fifteen top British gardeners tell in their own words of the gardens that inspire them and lead them on to even greater gardening inspiration. Beautifully photographed by Vivian Russell, both photographer and writer, she herself is included within the fifteen invited to participate in this novel, eye-opening work. For the armchair gardener this is a good and often amusing read. For the more active gardener, inspirational too. The gardens chosen vary from the very formal to meadows and prairies, from private residences to public institutions and cross the Atlantic to the USA and the Channel to France and Italy, demonstrating the diversity of gardening that abounds the world over. Both modern and old gardens make an appearance and some choices may surprise the reader with the disparity between the gardener and the garden in question. All the gardeners chosen are experienced writers and give a fascinating, highly-personal insight into what drives them in their own gardens and draws them to those of others for inspiration. Not surprisingly the majority opt for formal gardens, be they well-kept like Le Batiment or gently neglected like Ninfa, highlighting the importance of a basic structure to a garden be it formal or informal. And all display a high level of discipline with regards to garden maintenance, emphasizing, for instance, how a neatly-edged lawn can instantly transform a moderate garden to one worthy of note, notwithstanding an over-ebullient herbaceous border. A thoroughly enjoyable read, it is true to its title: the gardens really are "Gardens of Inspiration".

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