Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers

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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.

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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
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These profiles of ten international contemporary garden designers reflect ten individual approaches to gardening that coexist to some extent in all gardeners. The designers are each portrayed as distinct individuals, with unique ways of speaking and of shaping gardens, from the bold California designs of Nancy Powers to the urban geometries of Madison Cox to the updated French formal style of Louis Benech. But they also represent current trends in garden design: using bright colors and native plants, especially in xeriscaping; planting in containers; and striving for simplicity. Dickey's detailed descriptions of their gardens and Lennard's sympathetic photographs make each designer's approach so attractive that the reader may be tempted to create ten separate gardens. Dickey, a lecturer and teacher at the New York Botanical Garden and the Horticultural Society of New York, anticipates this with a concluding chapter describing her own reactions. The only flaw here is the lack of a bibliography and index. Recommended for all gardening collections.Daniel Starr, Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885183378
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION

Dan Pearson

A COLORIST IN THE ENGLISH GARDEN

Nancy Goslee Power

BOLD DESIGN IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GARDEN

Madison Cox

URBAN GEOMETRY

Patrick Chasse

EAST MEETS WEST: ORIENTAL INFLUENCES IN THE GARDEN

Alain David Idoux

LAND ART IN PROVENCE

Steve Martino

DESERT GARDENING

Ron Lutsko

NATIVE PLANTS AND PATTERNS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Nancy McCabe

NEW ENGLAND COTTAGE TRADITION UPDATED

Piet Oudolf

THE PLANTSMAN'S GARDEN IN HOLLAND

Louis Benech

RETHINKING THE FRENCH FORMAL GARDEN

AFTERWORD

INDEX

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