Gardens Under Big Skies: Reimagining Outdoor Space, the Dutch Way


Gardens Under Big Skies: Reimagining Outdoor Space, the Dutch Way Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Filbert Press
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Pages: 264 Language: English ISBN: 9781999734596 Categories: , , , , Tags: ,

The Netherlands is steeped in horticultural history and its gardens have long been a place for innovation and progressive thinking, exemplified by iconic figures such as the landscape architect Mien Ruys and naturalistic plant pioneer Piet Oudolf. In this book, Noel Kingsbury explores how the particularities of landscape, history and culture in the Netherlands have given rise to distinctive gardens and demonstrates how a new generation of Dutch designers are reimagining outdoor space in such a revolutionary way.

At the heart of the story is a people intimately engaged with their surroundings, as proud of the feats of engineering used to reclaim their land from the sea as they are passionate about nature and biodiversity. This creative tension is played out in their parks and gardens: a clean, pared-back aesthetic contrasts with billowing planting; water is managed and made accessible with boardwalks; and meandering paths lead to inviting outbuildings for work and relaxation. These inspiring examples of sustainable, modern, liveable outdoor spaces will appeal to forward-looking garden makers wherever they live.

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Author Biography

Dr Noel Kingsbury is an acclaimed garden designer, best-selling author of numerous books and long-time collaborator of the renowned designer Piet Oudolf. With Annie Guilfoyle he runs the highly successful garden workshops, webinars and international study days at Garden Masterclass. In 2009, Noel earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield for a thesis on the long-term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation and he continues to research in this area. Noel is a leading figure in naturalistic planting design and the New Perennial Movement and has written on gardening, plant sciences and related topics for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated magazine and The Garden - the membership magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has worked with Professor Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies, collaborated with Tim Richardson on Vista, the Culture and Politics of Gardens and co-chaired events at The Garden Museum in London. Maayke de Ridder originally studied fashion design at the Arnhem Academy of Art and Minerva in Groningen, followed by graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After working as a fashion and interior stylist and picture editor for a wide range of Dutch magazines she started taking photographs. Her early career brings a new perspective to her work as a photographer and she is now an acclaimed garden and landscape photographer whose work has been published in many magazines and books.