A wonderful new book has recently been published illustrating some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens and landscapes from the Arts and Crafts movement to the present day.

Essays written by architectural, landscape and garden historians discuss influential twentieth century gardens like Sissinghurst and Great Dixter as well as pioneers of new plants and planting styles such as Beth Chatto and Piet Oudolf. The book outlines the move from the intimate Arts and Crafts style through the landscapes created for new towns to the contemporary fashion for community and wildlife gardens. Other designers included are Charles Jencks, Piet Oudolf, Geoffrey Jellicoe, Gertrude Jekyll, Edward White and Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Brightly coloured plants planted in swathes of red, green, blue and purple
                                                          p. 9 – Hauser & Wirth at Bruton in Somerset. Designed by Piet Oudolf, 2014.
Central rill with trees and shrubs either side
                                                         p.67 – Stoke Poges Gardens of Rembrance. Designed by Edward White, 1935-37
Roof Terrace with topiary and round stone balls against the backdrop of skyscrapers
                                                    p.229 – No. 1 Poultry, City of London. Designed by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd, 1996

                                                       All Images Credit: John East

The book is beautifully illustrated by photographs and garden plans and has Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness on the cover; let’s hope by the end of March, enough money has been raised through the Art Fund to save the house and garden for the Nation.


Pavilion Books |Twentieth Century Society | March, 2020 | £25.00



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