The English Garden at Night

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The English Garden at Night takes us on nocturnal wanderings through ten of the most remarkable English gardens open to the public, as seen through the studied eye and practised lens of Linda Rutenberg, who lets us experience them as they have never before been seen by any but the few who stand guard over their silent presences.

Linda Rutenberg's photographs are taken after midnight, creating a vision of stillness and mystery, a sililoquy of shadow and light emanating from ...

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Overview

The English Garden at Night takes us on nocturnal wanderings through ten of the most remarkable English gardens open to the public, as seen through the studied eye and practised lens of Linda Rutenberg, who lets us experience them as they have never before been seen by any but the few who stand guard over their silent presences.

Linda Rutenberg's photographs are taken after midnight, creating a vision of stillness and mystery, a sililoquy of shadow and light emanating from leaves and flowers, hedgerows and trees. To create this magical book, Linda Rutenberg laid claim to the enchanted domain of some of the country's most beautiful gardens, The English Garden at Night transport us to these realms of beauty, history and memory. One feels surrounded by a profound tranquillity, and a spiritual quality that comes from centuries of thought, planning and creation.

The gardens range from the well-known, such as Hatfield House, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst Castle Garden, to smaller, more intimate settings—Great Dixter House and Gardens and Hestercombe Gardens. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a wild, untamed territory in the process of returning to their former glory as a working garden, while at Levens Hall Gardens we explore a place of ritual where descendants of the original owners continue to mind the ancient topiary, four hundred years after its creation. Also featured are the Alnwick Garden, a once-abandoned site in the grounds of Alnwick Castle, the Eden Project, and the Roayl Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley.

One mood as we set out to explore these gardens at night is set by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Museum of Garden History in London, in an eloquent and thought-provoking essay, and all the gardens have intimate introductions by those who know them best.

With 175 colour photographs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976912781
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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