A Garden Well Placed: The Story of Helmingham and Other Gardens (Hardback)
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A Garden Well Placed: The Story of Helmingham and Other Gardens (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages
Published: 12/05/2022
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Xa Tollemache started her gardening life when she moved into Helmingham Hall in Suffolk in 1975, as a young wife and mother. She spent the next twenty years learning and consequently developing and improving the gardens. It was Helmingham, she always insists, that taught her how to garden - to such effect that in 1996 she was in a position to start her garden design practice.

Xa Tollemache describes this book, her first, as 'a story book, the tale of the love story between me and the garden at Helmingham'. It is also a record of her career as a garden designer, exemplified by eleven other gardens, large and small, on which she has worked her design magic: her first Chelsea Flower Show garden ("I was described as 'just an amateur', which was true - but I did get a Gold Medal!"); and gardens in Dunbeath, Caithness; Castle Hill, Devon; Cholmondley, Cheshire; Bighton, Hampshire; Wilton, Wiltshire; Aldeburgh, Suffolk; Bell House, Suffolk; Stone House, Suffolk; RHS Hyde Hall, Essex - and the garden at her new home, Framsden Hall in Suffolk. 

Publisher: Pimpernel Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781910258804
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 270 x 210 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Xa Tollemache is an innately sensitive garden designer...She reads the scene so beautifully well, embracing the qualities of history, landscape, architecture and people, within her work." - Fergus Garrett

"We can learn much from her spirit and attitude to garden making and above all, that the garden is 'well-placed' to fit the character of the house." - Society of Garden Designers

"Through the book’s pages you feel that you are having a cup of coffee with Xa while she tells you about the trials, tribulations and joys of taking on a project such as Helmingham and brings you into her world of the outdoors, fresh air and the country...she is not afraid to admit when she was wrong or lacked knowledge and how she came to learn by her mistakes. The writing style is fluent and interesting and you soon start picking up all sorts of ideas yourself without really realising it." - Reckless Gardener

"What makes the book are the stories about how projects came about . . . where many garden books simply present everything as a completed success story, Lady Tollemache explains in clear and helpful detail how that point was reached." - Country Life

"We can learn much from her spirit and attitude to garden making and, above all, that the garden is 'well placed' to fit the character of the house." - Garden Design Journal

"Beautifully photographed...an escapist book to enjoy by the fireplace while dreaming of a summer trip to England." - Shannon Young, NorthWest Perennial Alliance (US)

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