The Education of a Gardener
Russell Page, one of the legendary gardeners and landscapers of the twentieth century, designed gardens great and small for clients throughout the world. His memoirs, born of a lifetime of sketching, designing, and working on site, are a mixture of engaging personal reminiscence, keen critical intelligence, and practical know-how. They are not only essential reading for today’s gardeners, but a master’s compelling reflection on the deep sources and informing principles of his art.
The Education of a Gardener offers charming, sometimes pointed anecdotes about patrons, colleagues, and, of course, gardens, together with lucid advice for the gardener. Page discusses how to plan a garden that draws on the energies of the surrounding landscape, determine which plants will do best in which setting, plant for the seasons, handle color, and combine trees, shrubs, and water features to rich and enduring effect. To read The Education of a Gardener is to wander happily through a variety of gardens in the company of a wise, witty, and knowledgeable friend. It will provide pleasure and insight not only to the dedicated gardener, but to anyone with an interest in abiding questions of design and aesthetics, or who simply enjoys an unusually well-written and thoughtful book.
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Review: The Education Of A GardenerUser Review - Karen Tripson - Goodreads
He was a wonderful writer. I learned a lot about the history of garden design and horticulture as well as got ideas for my own tiny urban plot. Read full review
Review: The Education of a GardenerUser Review - Barbara Drufovka - Goodreads
*love* More a reference than a narrative, I pick it up and re-read parts of it again and again through the years for inspiration. A good companion is The Gardens of Russell Page by Marina Schinz & Gabrielle van Zuylen, a coffee table book of photographs of his gardens that survive. Read full review
In search of style
Notes on composition and design
Sites and themes
Near the house
On planting trees
On planting shrubs
On planting flowers
Water in the garden