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The curious gardeners' six elements of garden design
Cooper, Guy, 1934-
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London : Headline, [2002]

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192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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SB472.45 .C648 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Author Notes

Guy Cooper is a principal of Landscape Design Limited in London. He has designed gardens throughout Great Britain and Europe. He is the author of two previous Monacelli titles.

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Booklist Review

Cooper and Taylor, renowned garden writers and internationally recognized landscape designers, have established a new career well suited to their sophisticated and contemporary approach to garden design. As hosts of the popular British television program The Curious Gardeners, they indulge their passion for innovative garden design, seeking out those locations that personify their high standards of garden elan and excellence, and have now selected more than 40 British gardens to showcase in print via Clive Boursnell's superlative photography. Though varied in size and substance from gardens as diverse as a thatched pool house and corn maze to Hestercombe, the magnificent estate designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, each was selected for its unique and accomplished interpretation of the six elements of successful garden design the authors consider essential: time, form, materials, sculpture, water, and plants. Despite its British focus, each stunning example convincingly illustrates that exciting garden design speaks a universal language. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Cooper and Taylor, eminent garden and landscape designers, the authors of numerous books, and the hosts of the eponymous BBC television series, discuss 41 British gardens in order to illustrate what they consider the six essential elements of garden design: time, form, materials, water, sculpture, and plants. This format does not allow for an extensive analysis of any one of the gardens, which each get two to four pages, but the succinct descriptions and superb color photographs do clearly illustrate the various points about design. The authors' creative approach makes this a thought-provoking book, especially regarding the use of sculpture and uncommon materials, and the inclusion of many contemporary gardens-such as an urban garden created for a family with an autistic child-broadens the scope. The book focuses only briefly on individual plants and in any case is less concerned with their cultivation than their selection, massing, and maintenance, making this a practical work for North American gardeners. Still, the advice is not geared to the beginning gardener or average gardener's budget. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 10
Timep. 17
The Manor House, Upton Grey, Hampshirep. 20
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotlandp. 24
Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook, Kentp. 30
Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbriap. 34
The Leonard Hotel, Mayfair, Londonp. 38
Maize Maze, Crawley, West Sussexp. 40
Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershirep. 43
Formp. 47
Hawkstone Park, Weston-Under-Redcastle, Shropshirep. 50
Hidcote Manor, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershirep. 54
Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher, Surreyp. 58
Shill House, Alvescot, Oxfordshirep. 60
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Walesp. 62
The Lyceum, Newport, Essexp. 65
The Lexington, City Road, City of Londonp. 68
Materialsp. 71
Hestercombe, Taunton, Somersetp. 74
St Catherine's College, Oxfordp. 80
Three Gardens by Tindale & Batstone Cardiff and Londonp. 84
Ultra Modern Garden, Kennington, South Londonp. 88
Flora's Garden, Durngate, Northamptonshirep. 90
Thatched Pool House, Southern Englandp. 92
Hackney Community College, Shoreditch, East Londonp. 96
Waterp. 99
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshirep. 102
Shute House, Shaftesbury, Dorsetp. 106
Somerset House, The Strand, Londonp. 110
Antony, Torpoint, Cornwallp. 114
Naturalistic Lake, Storrington, West Sussexp. 118
Floating Gardens, Epping, Essexp. 122
Sculpturep. 125
West Green House, Hartley Wintney, Hampshirep. 128
Silverstone Farm, Norfolkp. 132
Anglesey Abbey, Lode, Cambridgeshirep. 136
Trewyn Studio, St Ives, Cornwallp. 140
Half Acre, Boscastle, Cornwallp. 144
Garden in Mind, Stanstead Park, Rowlands Castle, West Sussexp. 146
Gardens of Gaia, Cranbrook, Kentp. 152
Plantsp. 157
Hadspen Garden and Nursery, Castle Cary, Somersetp. 160
Port Lympne, Hythe, Kentp. 164
Framed Planting, Gosport, Hampshirep. 168
Great Dixter, Rye, East Sussexp. 170
Jenningsbury Farm, Hertfordshirep. 176
Bury Court, Farnham, Surreyp. 179
The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, Essexp. 182
Select Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 190