THE ED­U­CA­TION OF A GAR­DENER

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Books Special - by Rus­sell Page ISBN 0 394 72920 (Pen­guin, 1985)

I at­tempted to read this book early on in my ca­reer and sim­ply didn’t know what all the fuss was about. But since tuck­ing a few gar­dens un­der my own belt I now find it ex­traor­di­nar­ily rel­e­vant and poignant. Wan­der­ing through his life and work, trav­el­ling abroad, meeting his clients and hear­ing his sto­ries is like hav­ing a friend and men­tor at your shoul­der en­cour­ag­ing you along at ev­ery step. He ex­plains why some­thing is good and why it works, why cer­tain de­ci­sions were made and you are left with what feels like a priv­i­leged in­sight into his mind.

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