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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407092041
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Education of a Gardener




A classic memoir by Russell Page, one of the 20th Century's most famous landscape gardeners, describing the author's training and the development of his many celebrated gardens.

Russell Page was one of the most famous landscape gardeners in Europe. This is his classic text describing his training and the making of his many and celebrated gardens. Written in clear, elegant prose, illustrated with a substantial photographic section, this edition boasts pictures by Marina Schinz of Russell Page's gardens in a more mature form and hitherto unpublished photographs from the author's files with a foreword and captions by Fred Whitsey, gardening correspondent to the Daily Telegraph.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407092041
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Russell Page

Russell Page became a professional garden designer in 1928 after studying painting at the Slade School, University of London, and in Paris. He designed a great variety of gardens in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, ranging from small cottage and town gardens to elaborate layouts including the Battersea Festival Gardens in 1952. He was one of only three Englishmen to have received a medal from the French Academy of Architecture.

Russell Page died in January 1985. After his death The Times wrote, "In a world in which the gifted amateur is no longer the guiding light in the design of gardens, and in which highly qualified professionals prevail, Russell Page stood out as one of those great originals, for which England has been famous."

Praise for The Education of a Gardener

Probably the most influential 20th-century book on garden design... It is the universality of its lessons that is the great strength of his book

Country Life

Russell Page, admittedly a bit of a mystic, is pretty much out there by himself with his verdant heart and green digits

Michael Pollan

Page has written an astonishingly beautiful book about his craft

Doris Lessing

Russell Page was one of the great English landscape architects of this century...His book The Education of a Gardener remains, in my view, the best combined guide to planting and designing a garden ever written, with inspiration for every sort of gardener, wherever they are placed. The last chapter on his own dream garden is brilliant

The Independent

Page had a great talent and a sensitivity not only to different types of flora and to different climates, but also to the architectural requirements of gardens, both large and small... Combining a painter's eye (his only formal training was in art) with a pragmatic and encyclopedic knowledge of horticulture, he produced gardens that were - are -extraordinarily lovely

New York Times

One of the most thoughtful and civilized gardening books ever written, by a master designer

Daily Telegraph

He has written an astonishingly beautiful book about his craft

Doris Lessing

A book which could only have been written by a perceptive artist with wide experience, knowledge and a sense of beauty.

Sunday Times

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