Breaking Ground
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Breaking Ground

by Page Dickey
     
 

Not since Martha Schinz's masterful Visions of Paradise, published in 1984, has there been such an important survey of garden design and style as Breaking Ground. Whereas Visions of Paradise featured classic European garden design, Breaking Ground takes an in-depth look at the work of ten contemporary garden designers living and working

Overview

Not since Martha Schinz's masterful Visions of Paradise, published in 1984, has there been such an important survey of garden design and style as Breaking Ground. Whereas Visions of Paradise featured classic European garden design, Breaking Ground takes an in-depth look at the work of ten contemporary garden designers living and working in America and Europe today.

The two hundred glorious full-color photographs by Erica Lennard and the lucid text by garden writer and designer Page Dickey capture the spirit and genius of the ten designers. A chapter is devoted to each designer—his or her sources of inspiration, style, philosophy, and method of creation. From the bold Southern California designs of Nancy Power to the urban geometries of Madison Cox to the updated French formal style of Louis Benech to the romantic country gardens of Nancy McCabe, Breaking Ground profiles the artists who are redefining garden design categories.

Inspirational, informative, contemporary, and beautiful, Breaking Ground is a spectacularly crafted object in itself—sure to be one of the major garden gift books of the season.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
"The work here is playful, undaunted by the classical tradition and far more concerned with sensory experience than academic correctness....The excellent text and pictures manage to extract from these gardnes valuable lessons."
—Michael Pollan, The New York Times Book Review
People Magazine
"These superb photos of contemporary Edens, created by ten garden designers, offer visions of earthly paradise."
People magazine
From the Publisher
"These superb photos of contemporary Edens, created by ten garden designers, offer visions of earthly paradise."
People magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579652388
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 12.02(h) x 0.71(d)

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Meet the Author

Page Dickey is a garden writer, lecturer, and designer. A book about her own garden—Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden—was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. She has written on garden design for House & Garden, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor. She lectures regularly on garden design and teaches classes at the New York Botanical Garden and the Horticultural Society of New York. Her garden has been featured in HG.

Erica Lennard is a photographer based in France who specializes in gardens and interiors. She is the photographer for Breaking Ground, as well as for Classic Gardens, Artists' Gardens, and Writers' Houses. She also participated in the photographing of Gardens of the World. Lennard contributes regularly to international magazines such as Elle, Elle Decoration, French Vogue, and House Beautiful.

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