The memoirs of Russell Page, one of the legendary gardeners and landscapers of the 20th century, combine engaging personal reminiscence, keen critical intelligence, and practical know-how. Page offers charming, sometimes pointed anecdotes about patrons, colleagues, and, of course, gardens, together with lucid advice for the gardener. He discusses how to plan a garden that draws on the energies of the surrounding landscape and how to determine which plants will do best in which setting. He also covers such important topics as planting for the seasons, handling color, and combining trees, shrubs, and water features to rich and enduring effect.
To read Page's memoirs is to wander happily through a variety of gardens in the company of a wise, witty, and knowledgeable friend. This delightful and instructive book will provide pleasure and insight not only to the dedicated gardener, but to anyone with an interest in abiding questions of garden design and aesthetics.