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The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design By Gordon Taylor

The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design by Gordon Taylor

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In their second series, the Curious Gardeners explore how traditional and contemporary garden design relates to the planning and planting of contemporary gardens. They look at design components - water, materials, form, sculpture, planting and time - and design a city garden from scratch.

The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design Summary

The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design by Gordon Taylor

In their second series, the Curious Gardeners explore how traditional and contemporary garden design relates to the planning and planting of contemporary gardens. Each of the six programmes tackles an individual theme, exploring the key design components that are part of many gardens: water, materials, form, sculpture, planting and time. Guy and Gordon design a city garden from scratch and we follow its progress through the series to the gorgeous finished garden. Illustrated with inspirational photographs of classic and contemporary gardens

The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design Reviews

Experienced and renowned landscape designers, Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor aka The Curious Gardeners, bring the six essential elements of garden design to the ordinary gardener. Time, form, materials, water, sculpture and plants are clearly explained and illustrated with the superb photographs of Clive Boursnell. From famous gardens such as Sissinghurst, Hadspen, Dixter and Hestercome to the more obscure private gardens of adventurous owners keen to impose their own taste, be it contemporary or traditional, on their plots, the intrepid duo travel the country to bring together the best of British gardens. Famed the world over for the variety and expertise of our gardens and gardeners, the British appear able to evolve with time and nature to keep a garden constantly changing whilst at the same time maintaining the basic structure of its design. As Cooper and Taylor point out, a garden is more than just plants. Most of these are ephemeral and change year by year whereas the hard-landscaping and basic design hold the plantings together to give permanent form and structure. For anyone presented with a bare plot or wanting to reassess an existing garden, this is an ideal training guide to the rights and wrongs of garden design. Written in their inimitable style, it is neither patronising nor overbearing, more in the form of an intimate but intelligent gardening conversation. Their choice of gardens reflect their own contemporary design styles whilst respecting the traditional, indeed praising it for being the skeleton upon which a garden evolves. As the authors say in their introduction, "British gardens are the most diverse in the world, being blessed with a temperate climate and a long, splendid garden-making history that encompasses both the traditional and contemporary". - Lucy Watson

About Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor is grew up in California but has lived in Britain for many years. He ran a herb-growing business with Guy Cooper before setting up their garden design practice in 1983. Guy Cooper was born in Bristol and came to garden design via the herb growing business.

Table of Contents

Time; form; materials; water; sculpture; plants.

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GOR011241861
The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design by Gordon Taylor
Used - Like New
Hardback
Headline Publishing Group
2002-04-02
192
0755310683
9780755310685
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