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The Art of Making Gardens

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Foreword by Sir Paul Smith

Introduction by Fergus Garrett


Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene garden designs for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex, in close collaboration with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett. In this elegant new book, Giubbilei explains the development of his style over the last few years, and describes the philosophy by which he works. The first part of the book explores Giubbilei’s work at Great Dixter across the four seasons. The second part examines his love of craft and traditionally made objects, and – through visits to and discussion with craftsmen in the UK and beyond – considers the contribution such work makes to his garden design. The final part constitutes a wider investigation of Giubbilei’s influences under the broad themes of water, colour and texture, revealing exactly what it is about the world that inspires him and how that is manifested in his designs, with specific reference to his gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 and the Venice Biennale in 2015. With new photography throughout and full plant lists, this book will appeal to garden lovers everywhere, as well as those seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process behind making a garden. 

Offers unique, personal insight into the work of this award-winning garden designer, his inspirations and the development of his style


With contributions from the architect John Pawson, the artist Guillem Nadal and the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

Features specially commissioned photography throughout