Hailed as `the man who made the modern garden', John Brookes transformed twentieth-century garden design, not only in his native Britain but throughout the world. In his first - groundbreaking - book, Room Outside, in 1969, he wrote `A garden is essentially a place for use by people . . . not a static picture created by plants . . . plants provide the props, the colour and texture, but the garden is the stage and its design should be determined by the uses it is intended to fulfil.'
For nearly fifty years he has designed gardens, and taught garden design - in the United States, Canada and South America, in Russian and Japan, in Iran and all over Europe - and he continues to emphasize `the importance of reconciling nature and the character of a landscape with the needs and visions of the people living in it'.
Now, in A Landscape Legacy, John Brookes tells the story of his life and work and reflects on how his thinking about design has developed.
`John Brookes's work has helped gardeners worldwide move beyond the tradition of pure horticulture towards a recognition of space, mass, volume and texture as crucial elements in design; towards functional considerations - how people live in gardens, even small ones created with modest means; and an emphasis on setting and spirit of place, making gardens more than mere fashionable and interchangeable decors. By treating garden design as an art form, yet recognizing its raw materials as living, evolving and infinitely diverse, he bridges the opposition of art and nature, conceptual and environmental design.'
Louisa Jones, garden writer, Provence
`John Brookes's precise eye and talent make most current garden design look tone deaf - he draws out the essence of the site and adds an undercurrent of strong emotion and personal style that allows the land to reveal its character.' -- Janice Parker `Enrolling in the garden design course at Kew was my best investment ever. John Brookes was the teacher - he is probably the most influential (as well as the most acclaimed) garden designer of the twentieth century. And he is a very good teacher as well.' -- Cleve West