*Contemporary Designers' Own Gardens offers a rare opportunity to view twenty gardens not generally open to the public, each one owned and designed by a garden designer*Presents the gardens of designers from the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, The United States, Japan, and Indonesia Each outstanding garden featured in Contemporary Designers' Own Gardens is owned and designed by an innovative, influential, and in most cases award-winning garden designer. Fascinating text and sumptuous photography profile each garden, analysing the relationship between the garden and its setting, planting schemes, the aims of the designers, and their achievements. In addition, the book examines the ways in which the designers' personalities affect their creations, and how their own gardens differ from those of their clients. Contemporary Designers' Own Gardens is an inspirational, informative and beautiful work, which will appeal to anyone who is interested in gardening, landscape architecture and garden design, be they a beginner or a professional.
The gardens featured belong to and have been designed by: Patrick Blanc, Fernando Caruncho, Kate Cullity, Jim Fogarty, Ludwig Gerns, Adriaan Geuze, Isabelle Greene, Bunny Guinness, Ron Lutsko, Shunmyo Masuno, Dan Pearson, Antonio Perazzi, Tony Smith, Ted Smyth, Tom Stuart-Smith, Andy Sturgeon, Jacques Wirtz, Ute Wittich, Made Wijaya and Stephen Woodhams.
The book's author Barbara Baker, a British writer described as a 'keen' gardener, turns out to be an intrepid researcher, curious and tireless. Not only did she carefully choose the designers who appear in her book, she also traveled to 12 different countries to meet them and tour their gardens. -- Jeanne Rostaing Gardenista Blog, Vol. 7, Issue 94; October 23, 2013 ...I could spend hours inside the covers of this book. San Diego Home/Garden, February 2014