288 pages, 180 colour illustrations
Women Garden Designers: From 1900 to the Present presents twenty-seven of the most important and influential women garden designers and their gardens from around the world, showing both their finest commissions as well as the gardens they designed for themselves, in their own space. The carefully researched text examines their influences and their legacy to garden design. Beginning with the remarkable Gertrude Jekyll and Beatrix Farrand, who were working simultaneously, though on different sides of the Atlantic, Women Garden Designers: From 1900 to the Present then moves on into the 20th century, featuring international designers as diverse as Florence Yoch – who created gardens for film sets and for glamorous Hollywood homes – and Vita Sackville-West – whose regular gardening column in the Observer, along with her own garden at Sissinghurst, influenced those in Britain. In Australia, Edna Walling supplemented her income from her practice with regular articles in life-style magazines. Increasingly with picture-led articles, designers found a way to publicise and advertise their work, thus gaining new clients in emancipated women who were in a position to place their own commissions.
Women designers were more likely and quicker to embrace the ecological garden movement particularly in Germany and Sweden in the middle of the 20th century. They are represented by Herta Hammerbacher and Rosemary Weisse, who created the glorious perennial plantings in Munich's West Park and Ulla Bodorff in Sweden, as well as Isabelle Greene in California with her dry native plantings. The modern movement includes Monica Gora and Topher Delaney, for whom spirituality and landscape as works of art are important. The more conventional structured approach is represented by Penelope Hobhouse and Rosemary Verey, who began creating gardens later in their lives, following motherhood. Haruko Seki from Japan and Isabel du Prat from Brazil express their own special cultural qualities in their trans-global practices.
- Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932, English)
- Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959, American)
- Norah Lindsay (1876-1948, English)
- Marian Coffin (1876-1957, American)
- Florence Yoch (1890-1972, American)
- Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962, English)
- Edna Walling (1895-1973, Australian)
- Brenda Colvin (1897-1981, English)
- Herta Hammerbacher (1900-1985, German)
- Sylvia Crowe (1907-1997, English)
- Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard (1903-1974, Italian)
- Joane Pim (1904-2002, South African)
- Ulla Bodorf (1913-1982, Swedish)
- Rosemary Verey (1918-2001, English)
- Cornelia Oberlander (1921-, Canadian)
- Rosmarie Weisse (1927-2002, German)
- Penelope Hobhouse (1929- English)
- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002, French)
- Isabelle Greene (1934- American)
- Arabella Lennox-Boyd (1938- Italian)
- Nancy Goslee Power (1942- American)
- Topher Delaney (1948- American)
- Isabel du Prat (1954- Brazilian)
- Petra Blaisse (1955- Dutch)
- Monica Gora (1959- Swedish)
- Haruko Seki (1959- Japanese)
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Kristina Taylor is a garden historian and writer. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, her travels as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, the South Seas, North and South America awoke in her a deep love of landscape and gardens worldwide and she now organises guided tours of the gardens of Japan. She has been Chair of the Japanese Garden Society Scotland since 2008, and is Vice-chair of the Garden History Society Scotland. She writes regularly for a number of publications, including Garden History Society Journal, Archaeologia Cantiana, Historic Gardens Review, Hortus, and Country Life.