The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design (Hardback)
  • The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design (Hardback)

The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design (Hardback)

Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 16/03/2017
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`The most romantic, creative person in garden design I know.' Piet Oudolf

`Jinny's genius is to marry a beautiful vision to an extraordinary empathy with the landscape into which that vision will fit, resulting in a pastoral harmony second to none' - Victoria, Lady Getty

A prolific designer, Jinny Blom embraces a wide variety of styles, from formal walled gardens to contemporary installations. What defines her work is her skill with plants and her ability to create a garden that responds to the history of the site and the wider landscape. In this book, Jinny shares her insight into the creative process she has developed while designing more than 250 gardens around the world.

The gardens Jinny creates are as different as their owners and their locations. Small gardens are very intimate and have to work efficiently in order to be pleasing. An Oxfordshire garden of rooms is constructed from nothing, creating a new garden with an old soul. There are modern takes on traditional forms.

But all these gardens share a commitment to beautiful craftsmanship and considered planting. Structure and detail are important, and receive close attention. The styles vary considerably - logical, calm, beautiful, romantic, naturalistic, formal, sometimes spare - but the principles remain firm. Jinny designs for the long term, with consideration for the environment; these gardens are built to last.

Reflecting Jinny`s highly individual character, there is plenty of wit and quirkiness alongside the expert knowledge, and it will appeal to the widest audience of garden lovers. Thoughtful and beautiful, yet practical and informative, this book marries artistry with functionality.

Publisher: Jacqui Small
ISBN: 9781910254592
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1565 g
Dimensions: 280 x 235 x 36 mm

"(She) is a bona fide horticultural celebrity." * Wall Street Journal *
"Written with wit and insight, it sets out an approach to design that is intuitive, thoughtful and holistic - a philosophy that is clearly successful and clearly manifest in this designer's beautifully executed gardens. It is a book that will make you think about design, about landscape and nature, and about the benefits of engaging with a garden yourself." * House & Garden *
The Thoughtful Gardener, at once a lavishly illustrated coffee-table tome and a friendly hands-on primer, offers a glimpse into some of the most magical gardens in the world... * Architectural Digest US *
"Landscaper Jinny Blom's long-awaited book is so beautiful that you will not want to rush it. As the title suggests, there is more to this than lovely photography: the pages of The Thoughtful Gardener will stop you in your tracks and make you think about the potential of gardens, in a way that has never struck you before." * Gardenista *
Alas, the world has been offered a publication on garden design that is written in neither a cookbook nor a "how to" format. Rather, The Thoughtful Gardener, by Jinny Blom, is more like a treasure map. It is a window, or in some cases, a panoramic view into the thought processes that should precede all garden design. With an emphasis on historical precedent and sensitivity to the local vernacular, Jinny, most eloquently, takes the reader on an odyssey through the conception, development and execution of each creation. This coupled with her extensive working knowledge of both plant and building materials, not to mention her unbridled imagination (and sense of humor) the reader can expect to close this book enlightened, amused and inspired. A timeless, horticultural manifesto! * Gunner Peterson *
"A detailed and richly illustrated account of how one of the UK's leading practitioners approaches the art of garden design." * Gardens Illustrated *

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