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Landscape of Dreams


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Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been designing gardens and garden buildings together since 1983. They have won many competitions including an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal.


"Successes and failures are happily mulled over, giving real insight into the process that is large scale garden design."

* Topiarius *

"The Bannermans' designs combine monumentality with carefully balanced humour and it's a pleasure to learn how they come to fruition."

* The Garden *

"This lavish book is a portal into a delightful escapist dreamworld.

* Telegraph *

"We may live in a digital age but still there's nothing quite like the enduring pleasures of a real gardening book. Among the best of this year's crop is Landscape of Dreams, a lushly illustrated, beautifully-penned and instructive account of the work of this well-known UK garden design duo."

-- Fionnuala Fallon * Irish Times *

"Prince Charles has contributed a glowing introduction to their lavishly illustrated book, Landscape of Dreams...fascinating."

-- Jane Powers * Sunday Times Ireland *

"Nobody makes magic like designer duo Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who have created fabulous, fanciful gardens at Highgrove, Waddesdon Manor and Arundel Castle. The couple's weighty book, Landscape of Dreams, chronicles these gardens and more, and makes inspiring reading."

-- Pattie Barron * Evening Standard 10 of the Best Christmas Gifts for Gardeners *
"I just gorged myself on this magnificent book. Utterly transporting. It's the first gardening book I couldn't put down." -- Dominic West

"An amazing book from cover to beautiful cover...The descriptive writing is very compelling and fuels the imagination...It's a triumph and a revelation to the reader."

-- Sue Dickinson

"Isabel and Julian Bannerman have turned dreams to ethereal reality time and again. This is a glorious scrapbook-style story of some of their most notable works."

* The English Garden *

"An absolutely magical book. Such brilliant writing, vivid, engaged . . . this is a most potent record of true brilliance."

-- Anna Pavord

"Their style is very striking and fantastical...eye-opening browsing."

-- David Sexton * Evening Standard Best Gardening Books of 2016 *

"The Bannermans are artists but they can also write."

-- Ursula Buchan * Spectator *

"Weavers of garden fairy tales..."

* Homes and Gardens *

"This book, a personal account of the couple's key design projects, builds up a picture, both in words and images, of what this special touch involves."

* Gardens Illustrated *

"A beautifully illustrated and endearing part-biography, part-overview of the thinking behind their work..."

-- Caroline Donald * Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year *

"A sense of fairy tale defines all [the Bannermans'] projects . . . Included in this book are their projects large and small, from their 1994 Gold Medal winning Chelsea garden to the Highgrove stumpery . . . culminating in their own much loved gardens at Hanham Court and, most recently, Trematon Castle in Cornwall. Beautifully written by Isabel, the book reads like a diary, beginning in their childhoods...Designed by their friend Dunstan Baker, the book is illustrated with their own photographs and drawings, giving it a personal, intimate appeal."

-- Clare Foster * House and Garden *

"Character oozes through every pore of the book."

-- Tim Richardson * Country Life *

"Full of wonderful photographs - but do read the writing from the beginning: it's romantic, thoughtful and inspiring."

* The Lady *

"This glorious book is not only beautiful to look at, it is written in wonderfully descriptive language. I found my head filled with ideas as well as thoughts about what gardening is all about."

* Reckless Gardener *

"Gloriously illustrated...displays their touches of genius everywhere. The book is ostenisbly about gardens, or garden designs, but it is so much more than that. It's about passion, vision, commitment and entertainment, and it's also a glorious celebration of England."

-- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *

"A record of the grand scale gardens made by these two offbeat visionaries . . . a compelling read."

-- Mary Keen * Telegraph *

"Packed with sumptuous images of their quirky, stately and inventive British gardens which although largely grand are nonetheless really inspiring."

* A Little Bird *

'With Julian and Isabel there is a descent from the work of William Kent, the most brilliant and eccentric English designer of the late Baroque. 'Inside' and 'outside' are imagined as one continuous landscape of event and surprise: as theatre, in fact.'

-- Jasper Conran

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