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section, this edition boasts pictures by Marina Schinz of Russell Page's gardens in a more mature form and hitherto unpublished photographs from the author's files with a foreword and captions by Fred Whitsey, gardening correspondent to the Daily Telegraph.
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 bookCountry Life
Russell Page, admittedly a bit of a mystic, is pretty much out there by himself with his verdant heart and green digitsMichael Pollan
Page has written an astonishingly beautiful book about his craftDoris 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 brilliantThe 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 lovelyNew York Times
One of the most thoughtful and civilized gardening books ever written, by a master designerDaily Telegraph
He has written an astonishingly beautiful book about his craftDoris Lessing
A book which could only have been written by a perceptive artist with wide experience, knowledge and a sense of beauty.Sunday Times