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Setting the Scene
A Garden Design Masterclass from Repton to the Modern Age
In Setting the Scene leading garden designer George Carter describes his own work over the past thirty years and puts it in the context of the teachings of the great eighteenth-century landscaper Humphry Repton. The result is a series of pithy lesson that will be invaluable to any garden designer, or garden owner.
Rich in both inspiring ideas and practical advice, Setting the Scene shows how successful gardens are designed and made. Following the pattern set by Repton in his revered Red Books, Carter takes us through the process in meticulous detail, leading us from the initial site plan to the glory of the finished garden, and illustrating each chapter with photographs and plans of gardens from his own portfolio, ranging from small urban gardens to large country estates, the world over.
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`George Carter will transform a backyard into Versailles.' -- Independent "George Carter distils his 30-year career into a set of lively and useful chapters. Ultimately, [this book] shows how adaptable Repton's ideas are for gardens of all sizes today. There is a relaxed feeling, as if you're a participant in a three-decade-long conversation between the two." -- Barbara Segall * House & Garden * "One of the most inspiring books on garden design I've ever encountered." -- Alan Titchmarsh * Waitrose Weekend * "Sheer originality, verve, wit and invention burst from the images on these pages. The author modestly tells us about Repton - but it is Carer from whom we learn. He gives the amateur designer the confidence to experiment with ornament and be bold with evergreen shapes." -- Tim Richardson * Gardens Illustrated * "Cleverly woven with interesting information about Repton himself and his influences on George's own career. The result is a series of pithy lessons that will be invaluable to any garden designer or garden owner - indeed for anyone interested in horticulture and design. There are excellent plans and photographs of gardens from his own portfolio, ranging from small urban gardens to large country estates, the world over." * The Reckless Gardener * "Acclaimed garden designer George Carter shows us how to translate the ideas of Repton's Red Books on garden planning and layout through his own work today." * The Lady Books of the Year *