The Making of A Garden

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A new and enlarged edition of the standard reference on an internationally revered English garden and its designer.
Known internationally as the epitome of the classic English country garden, it is perhaps less well known that Hidcote’s creator was an enigmatic American. Lawrence Johnston, an expatriate and one of the so-called “Henry James Americans,” a pedigreed member of old New York, left no diaries or significant correspondence. What he did leave, however, is a garden that continues to inspire horticulturists, gardening enthusiasts, and everyone who appreciates the beauty of nature.First published in 1989, the book was the first biography of Johnston; for this revised and enlarged edition Clarke, the author of 15 books on landscape history and gardening, has collected much new, original material that illuminates the creation of the garden and presents Johnston’s life in the context of the period that set the seal on England’s preeminence in garden design and plantsmanship.

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Garden historian Clarke analyzes the English garden widely acknowledged as the most influential of the 20th century, where the conflict between the formal and natural schools of garden design was resolved, thus setting the course of garden design for the next eight decades. Central to her discussion is the designer, Major Lawrence Johnston, American by birth, part of old-money New York society, and with some agriculture background but little or no formal training in design. But he was a painter, she says, and his foreign love of his English heritage led him to distill the essence of English style in the garden. First published in 1989. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393732672
Branch Call Number: 577.554 CLA
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Characteristics: 184 p. : col. ill
Alternative Title: Making of a garden


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Thundymac Jul 20, 2010

Not a picture book but a history of one of Britains most influential gardens. For the thinking gardener.

Apr 02, 2010

I have seen a greater number of photos, and more colour on this subject in other books about famous gardens of England or Europe.

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