Russell Page (1906-1985) became a professional garden designer in 1928 after studying painting at the Slade School of Art in London and in Paris. In 1935 he entered into a brief partnership with the landscapist and architect Geoffrey Jellicoe. He designed a great variety of gardens throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America, ranging from windowboxes and small cottage gardens to those meant for large estates, public parks, and housing developments for industrial workers. Among his best-known projects are the gardens at the PepsiCo headquarters, the courtyard of the Frick Collection, and the Festival Gardens at Battersea Park. Page was one of only three Englishmen to have received a medal from the French Academy of Architecture and was an Officer of the British Empire. Robin Lane Fox is a fellow at New College, Oxford, and the gardening correspondent for the Financial Times.
Page, one of the great landscape gardeners, covers a lot of ground-literally and figuratively-as he shares his knowledge and experience in this heavily illustrated volume. First published in 1962, this edition contains more photos than the original, many from Page's private files.
"Page was one of the 20th century's legendary landscape
gardeners. This classic memoir, first published in 1962, is filled
with charming anecdotes and timeless gardening advice." -Library
Journal "A classic of garden literature." --The Los Angeles
Times "Page is one of the most respected gardening experts in the
world." --The Washington Postl "It is beyond dispute that
Russell Page, an Englishman now in his 77th year, has designed more
gardens for more people in more parts of the world than anyone in
history...He has moreover had for many years an underground
celebrity as a master of English prose, on the strength of his book
The Education of a Gardener." --The New York
Times (John Russell) "Russell Page was one of the most gifted
landscape architects in history...Page's erudition also extended to
writing, as this book demonstrates. Three hundred and sixty three
pages of design advice can be reduced to this: Beauty is not in the
eye of the beholder; it is a quality based on sound artistic and
aesthetic principles. Applying those principles-now that's the hard
part, even in Page, in his genius, makes it look easy." --The
Washington Post Book World "One of the most eloquent of all
horticultural testaments. --The Sunday Telegraph (London)
"Literary types will enjoy The Education of a Gardener by
Russell Page...a landmark exposition, first published in 1962, of
garden design principles by one of the 20th century's leading
landscape designers." --The Toronto Star "Something of a
classic, a manual on the art of the garden by a man who designed
them for over 50 years, but also much more..." --The Times
(London) (Sean French) "I never travel far without Russell Page's
Education of a Gardener, one of the most thoughtful and
civilized gardening books ever written, by a master designer."
--The Daily Telegraph (London) "Russell Page was one of the
great English landscape architects of this century...His book
The Education of a Gardener remains, in my view, the best
combined guide to planting and designing a garden ever written,
with inspiration for every sort of gardener, wherever they are
placed. The last chapter on his own dream garden is brilliant."
--The Independent (London) "Whatever has happened to garden
writing? By that I mean literature, books that one picks up in the
same way that one would a novel or biography for a good read,
confident of the quality of its prose...Going to my bookshelves, I
pull down Russell Page's The Education of a Gardener or Vita
Sackville-West's In Your Garden...Virtually no pictures in
any of them. We recognize all of these as somehow belonging to a
golden age of garden writing." --The Times (London) (Roy
Strong) "Page had a great talent and a sensitivity not only to
different types of flora and to different climates, but also to the
architectural requirements of gardens, both large and
small...Combining a painter's eye (his only formal training was in
art) with a pragmatic and encyclopedic knowledge of horticulture,
he produced gardens that were-are-extraordinarily lovely." --New
York Times (Witold Rybczynski) "From garden design to
individual plants, he invests everything with beauty and wonder."
--The Sunday Times (London) Russell Page, admittedly a bit
of a mystic, is pretty much out there by himself with his verdant
heart and green digits.
-- Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education Page has written an astonishingly beautiful book about his craft.
-- Doris Lessing
I reread this book every three years. It explores both the mechanic and aesthetic side of gardening, while also including solid information for an academic balance.
-- Southern Accents