9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
Private gardens of 25 Garden Designers are presented in this book, both the well known and famous as well as, at least for me, some unknown. The concept of this book is good, with information on the Designer, his or her own garden and favourite plants. I bought this book based on a previous review, but had no idea of the selected Designers. They are mainly British or American and to my surprise there are also some Dutch. Many are very well known, such as John Brookes, Roberto Burle Max, Piet Oudolf and are described much better in other books. Most of the Designers are plants-man or -woman and some are now even retired or deceased. There are many beautiful pictures of plants but not enough overviews of the gardens. Therefore mainly recommended for plant lovers.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
We often see the work of garden designers at gardens open to the public or at flower shows, but what is their private space like? This book gets to the heart of garden designers and takes a look at the private refuge of many of the most successful garden designers. Subtitled 'The Private Spaces of the World's Leading Designers' this is the ultimate behind the scenes. As such it should have a wide appeal to all those who love looking at well-designed gardens.
Noel Kingsbury lets us into the secret of what those garden designers do at home. You may be surprised to learn that not all garden designers actually have a garden, but obviously Noel has chosen those who do and moreover who do so with great skill in using plants. The designers themselves give frank thoughts on their private spaces and choose their favourite plants. There is a biography and timeline for each designer and a list of the gardens they have designed that are open to the public. This is an interesting read with a wide selection of designers with discussion on how they developed as a designer or how their garden developed. The photography is a feast for the eyes.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2013
I bought this book based on the cover picture, expecting similar gardens inside.
This is totally misleading as all the gardens inside are of a completely different style .
Not only could I not find the garden from which the cover photo was taken,
I could find no mention of whose garden it is!