Plumptre examines the gardens of some of the greatest garden designers. The course of contemporary garden design is charted and the designers set against this background. The work of 15 designers is viewed in over 30 gardens and the themes, ideas and lessons that emerged are drawn together. Originally published in 1994.
The essence of good garden design is a certain intangible quality that remains for some gardeners something they can only admire. George Plumptre sets out to explain this magic and how it can be created. Firstly, he charts the development of contemporary garden design from the late-19th century to the present; then he focuses on the work of the great designers from Britain, America and Europe. Finally, the author looks at the structure of modern gardens.