Arabella Lennox-Boyd's Top Book Recommendations

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Gardens from the Air

Bird's-eye views of spectacular gardens from all over the world provide a totally new vision of the gardener's art. Anyone with an interest in gardens should be amazed and informed by these images which provide an overview of familiar and unfamiliar gardens. less
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Arabella Lennox-BoydThe reason I like this book is because it is highly original. As it is from the air, you can actually see the whole design of the garden. I was very amused to see somebody planted a wood in the shape of a foot – that sort of thing. You really have a completely different view of the garden. You see the design, as opposed to being in the garden and seeing it from that perspective. I find that quite... (Source)

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The new, compact edition of this classic manual, with over 200,000 in print, adds 150 new plant entries to its encyclopedic 9,000 plants across more than 650 genera. Entries for all 9,000 trees and shrubs include color photos and essential facts such as: A-to-Z listings of each species and genus; descriptions of leaves, flowers, and stems; preferred ways to grow in your garden, greenhouse, or home. Essential for any gardener. less

Arabella Lennox-BoydYes, I use it all the time, alongside other plant catalogues like David Austin’s Roses. I find it very useful from a technical point of view. It tells you quite a lot about the trees and shrubs. First of all it gives you a brief idea of botany, so you know what a pennate leaf is or something like that. It also teaches you where it comes from and who found it. (Source)

Penelope HobhouseThere are so many notes in my first edition that I’ve had to have it rebound. It’s a constant companion. (Source)

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In Your Garden

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Arabella Lennox-BoydShe had a way of talking about plants that was very attractive and very accurate, and she had wonderful taste. The plants that she talked about were good plants, and I like the way she described them. My love of garden design really started with a love of plants. She was one of the first gardeners I read and she was a great inspiration. (Source)

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New Trees

Recent Introductions to Cultivation

This comprehensive volume, commissioned by the International Dendrology Society, covers more than eight hundred tree species that have been introduced to cultivation in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America in recent decades. Up until now there has been no comparable source of information. Featuring horticultural notes from a network of growers and enthusiasts, backed up by data from recent scientific studies, the book presents a remarkable amount of information in a fashion accessible to amateurs as well as specialists. More than one hundred line drawings and nearly six hundred... more
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Arabella Lennox-BoydBecause they are the backbone of garden design. It wouldn’t be a garden without trees or shrubs – or at least a garden of any importance, because herbaceous plants are here one day and gone the other. They have a short life and they mutate. The design you achieve with herbaceous plants has to be continuously looked after, nurtured and changed, whereas trees are the backbone of a garden. (Source)

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The Education of a Gardener

Russell Page, one of the legendary gardeners and landscapers of the twentieth century, designed gardens great and small for clients throughout the world. His memoirs, born of a lifetime of sketching, designing, and working on site, are a mixture of engaging personal reminiscence, keen critical intelligence, and practical know-how. They are not only essential reading for today’s gardeners, but a master’s compelling reflection on the deep sources and informing principles of his art. 

The Education of a Gardener offers charming, sometimes pointed anecdotes about patrons,...

Arabella Lennox-BoydThis was definitely one of the books that taught me a lot – not only about the relationship of designer with client, but also about the dos and don’ts of garden design. I only really knew him vaguely because he was very, very grand when I first started. He was a kind of guru and one hardly dared speak to him. But I could see that he had a mystical side to him and a real sense of landscape. He had... (Source)

Penelope HobhouseHe had an enormous understanding of how to use space which made him very exceptional. He would see space in terms of volume and he could feel what should be done. (Source)

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