First published by Abrams in 2004. This Pimpernel Classic edition is revised by the author and completely re-designed, with new photography.
The Arts and Crafts Movement gave gardens new definition as a harmonious component of the house. They were never an end in themselves, but were intertwined with the house like ivy growing on a wall, blurring the distinctions between indoors and outdoors. Their simple structuring and romantic, medieval-inspired imagery derived from old English manor house gardens. Nothing about them was ostentatious, contrived or “foreign.” Hand-built stone walls, summerhouses, sundials, and other traditional ornament, hedged enclosures, colourful flower borders, and whimsical topiaried trees made for memorable storybook gardens.
In this book, Arts and Crafts gardens are presented through the eyes of artists and the words of designers and critics, drawing on the most influential publications of the era, including: Country Life magazine, Gardens for Small Country Houses, and The Art and Craft of Garden-Making. The thread of Gertrude Jekyll runs through most of the chapters of this book due to her collaboration with many Arts and Crafts architects, her finely honed planting skills, and incomparable writings.
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Judith Tankard is an architectural and garden historian. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for more than 20 years until her retirement in 2008. She is the author of many books on landscape history including Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House (Rizzoli, 2011).