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'
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.
Made me want to be a landscape architect.
(Christopher Woodward Spectator
Sometimes even nature can be enhanced by a lick of paint.
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.
[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.