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Garden Designers at Home: The Private Spaces of the World's Leading Designers Hardcover – July 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058422
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A refreshing and illuminating change from the usual garden design book."  —American Garden on Gardens by Design


"A distinctive resource of exquisite ideas that provides the inspirational spark and reassuring advice required to create spectacular gardens."  —Booklist on Designing Borders

About the Author

Noel Kingsbury is a respected garden designer who writes for the Garden and Gardens Illustrated and has a column in Homes and Gardens. His other books include Designing Borders, Gardens by Design, Hybrid, Natural Garden Style, and Seedheads in the Garden.

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Dr. Noel Kingsbury is internationally known as an innovator and writer in the garden world. He has worked on both private gardens and public spaces developing nature-inspired planting, and has written about garden design, green roofs and the politics of gardening. A great believer in using science to inform our gardening, Noel completed a PhD with the University of Sheffield in 2008. His latest book is 'Garden Designers at Home'. He lives and gardens in the Welsh Borders near Hay-on-Wye.

Noel writes for the UK and US garden press and has written some 20 books, as well as taking on design projects himself. He gardens in the Welsh borders, where he looks after a four acre plot, mostly a semi-natural meadow but with lush borders of perennials and a productive vegetable area. Like many leading European gardeners he's very much in love with American prairie plants.

With Tim Richardson he co-hosts 'The Vista Debates', a monthly forum for the discussion of garden and landscape issues, at London's Garden Museum.

His most recent book is a bit of a departure, a popular science history title - the story of plant breeding, in agriculture as well as gardening.

www.noelkingsbury.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodja NZ on September 5, 2013
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A great read to see how these designers think and how they look upon their own gardens.
Nicely presented and recommended to all budding designers of gardens.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cristian Georgescu on November 28, 2011
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Well, we don't take the word "world" literally when referring to the St.Louis Cardinals as the "Baseball World Champions". They just happen to be the best team in a geographic area where baseball is played professionally at the highest level.

Similarly, the authors here have focused just on a geographical area where "gardner designer" is recognized as a distinct profession:
"In many countries the work of designing private gardens is nearly carried out by those that regard themselves as 'landscape designers' or 'landscape architects' [...] [UK] is one of the very few places where a large number of successful carriers have been built as 'garden designers'. The Netherlands is another rare example...". (p.7)

Additionally,
"in selecting the designers to feature in this book, there has been a strong bias towards designers who, whatever their professional background, are known for their skills in using plants [are first and foremost horticulturalists]" (p.8)

With that in mind, no disappointment here. Au contraire... Excellently documented, lavishly illustrated, and containing not only insightful comments about each personality and style, but also technical details about their preferred plants, the book makes for an excellent reference on the topic.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R J Eksteen on July 1, 2011
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A major disappointment. The designers featured are not representative of the word "World" ( 90% UK, a few US and a few other North European), nor would I label the work featured as "leading". My worst purchase on the subject ever.
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By Vandella on July 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The beautiful photography by leading garden designers offers something for every gardener. This includes an opinion about growing gardens. The book contains photos, names, and species of the gardener’s favorite plants, which is a great treat for selecting what, may be added to your own. A favorite I liked was from the Arabella Lennox Boyd’s garden at Gresgarth Hall, Lancashire, U.K. on page 121. There are two garden rooms containing pebble designed floors surrounded by grass carpets and large herbaceous plants. The other gardens are just as wonderful to let your eyes wander through and imagine how to create your own garden of design.
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Bought hoping to get info on the amazing fountain on the cover. There is no mention of it in the book,and the other photos are very uninspired and not informative. Mostly European gardens, and no how to instructions.
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