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A true delight.
on 11 February 2009
Sumptuous, clever, gorgeous. This book is everything it says it attempts to be.
So many "inspirational" garden books disappoint as soon as you open them, blighted by too many words and the ego of the author on a subject which was ever, and will always be, subjective.
In this book, Andrew Lawson's beautiful and evocative photos pack the pages. A multitude of garden styles are captured at their very best by someone who very clearly knows their plants, and fully comprehends the context.
I believe this is Tania Compton's first book, but her contribution is wonderful. Almost understated, she gives concise descriptions of exactly the information you want to hear - a little historical background, especially the ethos of the garden owners; precise details of relevant planting.
Few garden books manage to convey mood so well.
As a source book, this truly achieves what it sets out to do... And it's just a pure joy to pore over.
I'd recommend it to garden lovers and designers everywhere, and I look forward to the authors' next collaboration.
I know for years to come I will treasure this.