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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233256
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 2.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A revelatory survey of how landscapes in human hands can become moving inhabited works of art, written by one of the most gifted of today's landscape architects

(Sir David Attenborough)

If you want to make a landmark, do not grow gentians.

Get Wilkie to shape the myths of your dreams.

(Robin Lane Fox Financial Times)

"full of enticing photography and thoughtful narrative, this is a powerful book that brings to life man's relationship with the land and his ability to thoughtfully enhance it ... as information as it is stimulating."

(Homes & Gardens)

'a fascinating read and beautifully illustrated with inspiring photographs'

(Salisbury Life)

Kim Wilkie has a deep love and understanding of the human landscape: the symbiosis between people and nature that has created some of the most beautiful and ecologically rich places on our planet. This matters because as fewer experience rural life first hand, there is an increasing tendency to regard wilderness as best. Wilkie's work reconnects us to the idea that we are not admiring observers, but an essential part of the landscape we love.

(Mark Jones House & Garden)

A fascinating insight into the work of a landscape architect at the top of his profession.

(English Garden)

Made me want to be a landscape architect.

(Christopher Woodward Spectator)

Sometimes even nature can be enhanced by a lick of paint.

(Daily Mail)

The reader closes the book with an appreciation of, and wonder at, the creative process of this remarkable landscape architect.

(BBC Gardens Illustrated)

Wilkie is a tall, gentle figure with no obvious desire to impress, but he is the landscape architect most likely to become a household name. He’s behind the colossal redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks, with a plan that gives landscape precedence over buildings. The Prince of Wales has taken him to his environmental heart. The John Madejski courtyard at the V&A is his design.

(Daily Telegraph)

[Kim Wilkie] writes engagingly and thoughtfully with reflective observations, and educates and enlightens us with the lightest of touch.

(Garden Design Journal)

About the Author

KIM WILKIE had an intense introduction to landscape. He grew up in the Malaysian jungle and Iraqi desert before being sent to school in southern England. Having studied history at Oxford and environmental design at the University of California, Berkeley, Kim set up his landscape studio in London in 1989. He is fascinated by the link between land and culture and between memory and imagination. Kim continues to teach sporadically at Berkeley, writes optimistically about land and place, and is involved in various national committees on landscape and environmental policy in the UK. He lives in London and Hampshire.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anita Tovell on 3 Jun. 2012
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This is a lovely book. I really enjoyed the insight into Kim Wiilkie's mind. Some of the landscapes he has designed are so unusual and astonishing - as is his way of looking at the landscape. The photos and diagrams are excellent. I found the whole book fascinating and informative. One of the most interesting sections to me was the creativity and fun the author showed in his small back garden in London.
I now want to go and see as much of Wilie's work as possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Evans on 8 Nov. 2012
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A truly beautiful and inspiring book, filled with gorgeous pictures of Kim Wilkes fabulous designs. I've given at least three of these to friends as gifts and will be doing so at Christmas too! Anyone interested in gardening or the landscape will be captivated by this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By landscape architect Mark on 27 Nov. 2012
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What a great book, wonderful photographs, and a nice insight into the designers thinking, like his landscapes this book will stand the test of time.
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By Kingfisher on 12 Feb. 2013
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Recommended for any landscaper or garden designer, very inspirational. Kim has a different way of looking at things which provokes thoughts and creativity.
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