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The Education Of A Gardener (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – July 3, 2007
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“A classic of garden literature.” —The Los Angeles Times
“Page is one of the most respected gardening experts in the world.” —The Washington Post
“It is beyond dispute that Russell Page, an Englishman now in his 77th year, has designed more gardens for more people in more parts of the world than anyone in history…He has moreover had for many years an underground celebrity as a master of English prose, on the strength of his book The Education of a Gardener.” —The New York Times (John Russell)
“Russell Page was one of the most gifted landscape architects in history…Page’s erudition also extended to writing, as this book demonstrates. Three hundred and sixty three pages of design advice can be reduced to this: Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder; it is a quality based on sound artistic and aesthetic principles. Applying those principles–now that’s the hard part, even in Page, in his genius, makes it look easy.” —The Washington Post Book World
“One of the most eloquent of all horticultural testaments. —The Sunday Telegraph (London)
“Literary types will enjoy The Education of a Gardener by Russell Page…a landmark exposition, first published in 1962, of garden design principles by one of the 20th century’s leading landscape designers.” —The Toronto Star
“Something of a classic, a manual on the art of the garden by a man who designed them for over 50 years, but also much more…” —The Times (London) (Sean French)
“I never travel far without Russell Page’s Education of a Gardener, one of the most thoughtful and civilized gardening books ever written, by a master designer.” —The Daily Telegraph (London)
“Russell Page was one of the great English landscape architects of this century…His book The Education of a Gardener remains, in my view, the best combined guide to planting and designing a garden ever written, with inspiration for every sort of gardener, wherever they are placed. The last chapter on his own dream garden is brilliant.” —The Independent (London)
“Whatever has happened to garden writing? By that I mean literature, books that one picks up in the same way that one would a novel or biography for a good read, confident of the quality of its prose…Going to my bookshelves, I pull down Russell Page’s The Education of a Gardener or Vita Sackville-West’s In Your Garden…Virtually no pictures in any of them. We recognize all of these as somehow belonging to a golden age of garden writing.” —The Times (London) (Roy Strong)
“Page had a great talent and a sensitivity not only to different types of flora and to different climates, but also to the architectural requirements of gardens, both large and small…Combining a painter’s eye (his only formal training was in art) with a pragmatic and encyclopedic knowledge of horticulture, he produced gardens that were–are–extraordinarily lovely.” —New York Times (Witold Rybczynski)
“From garden design to individual plants, he invests everything with beauty and wonder.” —The Sunday Times (London)
Top Customer Reviews
However, it is not a book from which the average person, who likes to plant a few flowers and veg on his little plot, will learn about "how to garden." Rather, it is advice about how to design landscapes for other people.
A major detraction is that the book contains only a very limited number of small, black and white photos of gardens that Page designed. Gardening is largely a visual art, and it was difficult to picture the gardens that Page lengthily tried to describe. Art books need reproductions of the art, not just verbal descriptions of it.
Also, I found it pretty hard-going to slog through paragraphs listing numerous Latin names of species that don’t grow in colder zones and that I therefore have no familiarity with.
But the major impediment to the book’s usefulness to ordinary gardeners is Page's ascetic restraint in use of materials. His mission was to decide the main feeling of a place (the genius loci), and remove nearly everything else. This required a strictly limited palette of plants and other materials.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Serious advice for serious gardeners who have a fundamental understanding of plants, staging, the differences between American, British, French and Italian garden design. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Norman
A gift for a Flower Girl.... She thought it very nice ! An easy read and good suggestions for your next garden!Published on December 13, 2013 by W. Robert Phelps III
I have not finished this book. It is a bit slow reading and was not as interesting as I thought it might be. It is still on my shelves so perhaps I'll finish it later.Published on October 23, 2013 by gramsf
This book, first published in 1962, is one of the great classics of garden writing and should not be missed by any serious gardener, regardless of the level of experience. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by The Garden Interior
The description was confusing. Ordered this book for a 95 year old with vision problems, thinking that it would be a good book to "look" at for garden pictures. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Diana M. LaBarca
This man who achieved so much comes across as so humble in this book. He talks about the inspirations behind his work and as a result is truly an inspiration to every aspiring... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Carolina Girl
Regardless of the site, habitat, style and century of implementation, Page's comments and thoughts on good landscape design will remain true.
Oh, and it's a good read!