This exquisite book illuminates the variety and complexity of one year in the life of Birdsong, an 18-acre garden in Fairfield, Connecticut. Trager's vision captures the turbo-charged beauty of spring and also the quiet moments that true gardeners savorthe fuchsia-colored hollyhock of summer, for instance, or the row of burlap covered topiary in winter.
Never published before, the garden is the life's work of Russell Fuchs, a native New Yorker and self-trained gardening enthusiast. Since 2001, Fuchs has orchestrated the creation of a compound of dizzying variety and complexity, with a great lawn, grand allée, orchard, woodland, working farm, greenhouse, and host of specialized gardens.
In the essay Fuchs contributes to Birdsong, he eloquently describes his total immersion in gardening and the almost spiritual dimension he experiences from living so close to perpetual growth and change.
Birdsong sets a new production standard for photography books on gardens. Beautifully designed and issued in an edition of 1,000, the clothbound publication of 119 color plates has been published by Laru Associates.