Join leading garden writer Tim Richardson as he visits twenty-five significant English gardens made or remade over the past decade, in this comprehensive overview of the contemporary English garden scene, probably the most inventive garden culture in the world. From the cutting-edge naturalistic planting design of the Sheffield School to the scientific imagery of Througham Court, this stunning guide surveys a wide spectrum of garden styles;some are challenging or thought-provoking, while others reflect the sensuously romantic tradition of English planting design, which has also been moving ahead in interesting ways. The New English Garden presents all that is most interesting about garden-making in England in the twenty-first century, beautifully illustrated by Andrew Lawson’s photography of some of England’s most famous gardens, from Prince Charles’s garden at Highgrove,Christopher Llyod’s garden at Great Dixter and Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s garden at Gresgarth right up to the Olympic Park in 2012.
ANDREW LAWSON is widely regarded as England's leading garden photographer. He has provided the photographs for many books, including Good Planting by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Designing Gardens (9780711217577) by Arabella Lennox Boyd, Little Sparta (9780711220850) by Jessie Sheeler, The Garden at Highgrove by HRH Prince of Wales, and The English Garden (9780711226388)by Ursula Buchan and The New English Garden (9780711232709) also by Tim Richardson. He holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for Photography and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Writer's Guild. His garden in Oxfordshire is open under the National Gardens Scheme.
Tim Richardson is a writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He now contributes mostly to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and Arcadian Friends: the Makers of the English Landscape Garden. He is also editor of Vista: the Culture and Politics of Gardens (Frances Lincoln).
The New English Garden
List of gardens
A walled garden dignified by Dan Pearson's modern plantings, which lend subtle chic (and another landform) to a traditional space.
Mount St John, Yorkshire
One of Stuart-Smith's finest and most ambitious works, in his signature planting style.
Packwood House, Warwickshire
TheNational Trust’s head gardener at Packwood demonstrates how superb and original planting can complement historic topiary.
Scampston Hall, Yorkshire
Grasses and perennials galore at Piet Oudolf's most significant private commission thus far, a huge project in a walled garden at an historic house.
Daylesford House, Gloucestershire
The traditional yet imaginative stylings of Rupert Golby can be enjoyed to fine effect in this private garden.
Ascott, Buckinghamshire: The Lynn Garden
Jacques and Peter Wirtz
Sinuous curves, grassy mounds, oaks, swamp cypress and yellow-woods.
Great Dixter, East Sussex
Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett
Head gardener Fergus Garrett is making this ever-changing garden his own after the death of his employer and mentor Christopher Lloyd.
Througham Court, Gloucestershire
Extraordinary science-inspired garden.
Crockmore House, Oxfordshire
Perhaps Christopher Bradley-Hole's most successful private garden to date: a rigorous Modernist grid structure is satisfyingly invaded by exuberant plantings.
Perhaps the most original garden made by a private individual in England in the past decade, Gina Price's relatively small plot is the embodiment of the decorous collision between Arts and Crafts and New Perennials in this country.
Waltham Place, Berkshire
The Dutch plantsman occupied the extreme naturalistic wing of the New Perennials movement, and this remains his masterwork.
The Prince of Wales and others
The Prince of Wales’s ever-evolving vision interpreted by a variety of talented individuals, including Lady Salisbury, Dame Miriam Rothschild, Rosemary Verey, Roy Strong, Julian and Isabel Bannerman.
Living Wall, Athenaeum Hotel, London
This eight-storey vertical living wall is an extraordinary construction and a horticultural tour de force.
Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire
Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and Dominic Cole
A 'Capability' Brown landscape imaginatively reworked for the twenty-first century by this dream team.
Plaz Metaxu, Devon
A truly original garden of sculptures and poetic inferences in a windblown mid-Devon valley.
Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire
"the author admirably and eloquently provides a survey of 25 significant gardens made or remade in the past decade. .. his erudite text, complemented by sumptuous photography by Andrew Lawson, captures the actuality and spirit of time and place."
“one of the most important and interesting gardening books published this year … Richardson writes elegantly and perceptively … Lawson’s photographs are of sparkling quality and depth”
'Tim writes insightfully about the 25 gardens he has chosen for the book'
"thought-provoking text provides a tightly knit commentary on each garden with plenty of horticultural information and potted biographies of the designer or garden creator ... all 25 gardens in this book deserve their place, each contributing to a visual treat of a book."
"Richardson delivers an excellent overview of the current state of landscape design in England ... This book’s spot-on combination of pithy prose and drool-worthy images will make it a sure hit with landscape-design professionals and armchair gardeners alike"
"readers with only a vest-pocket backyard to till can find ideas worth adapting on a smaller scale"
"This book is a masterpiece, and will come to be seen as the classic statement of English gardens at the start of the 21st century."
'No one writes better about the English gardening scene than Tim Richardson. He has a formidable range of reference and a brilliant way with words. . . The book is a big, lush production, superbly put together. Most of the photographs are by Andrew Lawson (nobody is better) and they are well used, in luscious double spreads of reflecting pools and stilt hedges, eremurus and echinaceas, miscanthus and stipa. . . . The great strength of The NewEnglish Garden is to show what a various creature that garden is . . . The overall impression this book gives is not about conformity in garden design, but delicious, untrammelled variety.'
'Intelligent, though-provoking and occasionally contentious. If you are serious about contemporary English gardens, this is a book you cannot do without'
"Superb photographs show both the explosive detail in the beds and the sweep of the landscapes, and Richardson's text looks firmly at the intellectual as well as the horticultural and design content of these gardens."
'a sumptuous record- much to admire - and envy.'
“gloriously photographed book … Richardson, one of the punchiest writers around, has taken a risk by including historic gardens that are more ‘renewed’ than new, but, as ever, he pulls it off.”
'the best kind of book to have by your side ... a big lush production, superbly put together ... most of the photographs are by Andrew Lawson (nobody is better) ... So, in your mind, you might already have glued this book to the coffee table. Don't. Richardson is a terrific writer. The great strength of The New English Garden is to show what a various creature that garden is.'
“There can be few garden observers who are more knowledgeable and curious about gardens and garden design than Tim Richardson.”
“a finely written book, glorious to look at, provocative, deeply admiring of the current excellence of English garden making, and with its own cutting-edge sense of fun.”
"Gorgeous photography means you can almost smell the roses as you turn the pages strolling through 24 of the grandest gardens created in the past decade"