The View from Great Dixter: Christopher Lloyd's Garden Legacy

The View from Great Dixter: Christopher Lloyd's Garden Legacy

by Rosemary Alexander
     
 

Expansive herbaceous borders, orchid-filled meadows enveloped by old stone, precision-carved topiary, and an air of gentle eccentricity make Great Dixter the quintessential English country garden. Yet the impact of Christopher Lloyd’s unique creation extends way beyond the gardening world and affects all who pass through it in a very particular way.

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Expansive herbaceous borders, orchid-filled meadows enveloped by old stone, precision-carved topiary, and an air of gentle eccentricity make Great Dixter the quintessential English country garden. Yet the impact of Christopher Lloyd’s unique creation extends way beyond the gardening world and affects all who pass through it in a very particular way.

In this intimate collection of written and photographic contributions, Christopher Lloyd’s wide circle of family and friends describe what Great Dixter means to them. Food, poetry, music and plants feature large with one guest recounting the delight of eating an exquisitely cooked turbot and another how a bloom of magnolia was analyzed with botanical precision during the course of dinner. Visitors remember the feel of the centuries-old floorboards underfoot, the thrill of waking early to peer out on topiary enshrouded in fog, and many describe how, in one way or another, Great Dixter changed their lives.

This valuable record encapsulates what makes time spent at Great Dixter in particular, and to some extent time spent in all gardens, so irreplaceable. It adds an important layer to our understanding of Christopher Lloyd’s achievements and spurs us on to new heights in our own gardening endeavors.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“This book will enthrall you until it’s time to make your own pilgrimage to East Sussex.”

SciTech Book News
“This book will enthrall you until it’s time to make your own pilgrimage to East Sussex.”

From the Publisher
“Celebratory… The volume is filled with superb photos of the house and garden in all seasons, as well as photos of Lloyd and many of the contributors.”

Dominique Browning
The garden at Great Dixter is one of the world's treasures, and these reminiscences from Lloyd's friends and family capture the sensual pleasures of daily life in his great timbered home…This book will enthrall you…
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692150
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
929,232
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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