Chelsea Gold Medallist George Carter shows us how successful gardens are designed and made. He takes us through the process in meticulous detail, leading us from the initial site plan to the glory of the finished garden, and illustrating each chapter with photographs and plans of gardens from his own portfolio, including Albemarle House in Charlottesville, Virginia, a cottage in Pennsylvania, farmhouses in Mirmande in south-eastern France, Los Moritos in Trujillo, The Garden of Surprises in Burghley, Lincolnshire, Penshurst Place, Kent, Holkham Hall, Norfolk, the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, his own garden at Silverstone Farm, Norfolk, and the garden of the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
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George Carter began his career by designing exhibitions for museums and art galleries. After working for London’s Geffrye Museum and for the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, he turned his attention to gardens and soon attracted a variety of clients the world over, with gardens great and small. He has designed gardens in France and Spain, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maine, as well as all over Britain, and has won eight Chelsea Gold Medals. Previous books include Gardening with Containers (Rylands, Peters and Small, 1997), Gardening with Herbs (Rylands, Peters and Small, 1997), Living with Plants (Mitchell Beazley, 2000), Garden Space (Mitchell Beazley, 2005).
Marianne Majerus is a regular contributor to many national and international publications, including House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, Homes and Gardens, Country Homes and Interiors, The Garden, English Garden, The Times, The Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph. Her photographs have featured in over 200 books, most recently Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated by HRH The Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014), Die geheimen Gärten von Cornwall (DVA, 2012) and Englische Gartenikonen (Callwey, 2014). In 2011 she won the Beaux Livres category of the Luxembourg Book Prize for her book with Françoise Maas, Die geheimen Gärten Luxemburgs (Editions Binsfeld, 2011). In 2010 the British Garden Media Guild named her International Garden Photographer of the Year, in 2011 Garden Photographer of the Year and in 2013 Features Photographer of the Year.