Author(s): Tim Richardson
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 have 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.
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 Trust.
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 qualities.