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Feb032016

Book Club: The gardens of Arne Maynard.

I am sorry the posting is so light these days - it´s just that I don´t have much to tell or show you at the moment. I wouldn´t mind if we could just skip January and February - those cold bleak months are my least favorite. We were going to do a lot of home improvements this winter but it seems that for each and every project an important item is missing so I imagine I´ll be standing on a ladder in April when all I want to do is work in the garden. Oh well!

Anyway here is a little pick-me-up: A new garden book! The most beautiful exquisite wonderful garden book! Seriously, it´s the new number one on my list. To be honest with you I hadn´t heard of Arne Maynard before, but then a friend with good taste sent me a link to the book announcement and I knew I had to have it. In case you´re as ignorant as I am, Maynard is a contemporary British garden designer and the book introduces you to some of the gardens he has done so far. I got the book for Christmas and have been reading it little by little ever since, savoring every single page and photograph.

The publisher kindly sent me a PDF of the book so I was able to grab a few screenshots for this post (although I am not sure if I am actually allowed to do this, but let´s live dangerously for a change). Above is a picture of the place where Maynard currently lives. Aren´t those tulips stunning? Coincidentally I´ve planted lots of those dark purple tulips in the walled garden last autumn - can´t wait to see how they look!

(Also can we talk about the color of his house? I´d never chosen this shade myself but I swear it looks stunning in each and every photograph. Well done.)

Maynard seems to love (pink) climbing roses, they are everywhere in the book and look beautiful. He talks a lot about how a house can be "clothed" in roses; I totally agree!

This is such a beautiful color combination.

He also seems very keen on wild flower meadows which I totally understand. So beautiful! I´ve been thinking about going "wild" in parts of my garden but I think our soil is way too rich to achieve a look like this.

Lastly, a picture that makes me long for spring even more. Look at all this green! I want to be there right now. So in conclusion, buy this book! It´s a bit on the expensive side but I swear you won´t regret it. If you want to get a better feel for the book or learn more about Arne Maynard I recommend you visit this page.

(Pictures 1+2 are by me; 3-7 are taken from the book - the photographer is William Collinson).

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Reader Comments (6)

Oh another beautiful garden book I have found from your blog. Hopefully my library has it.

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Wow, it looks beautiful. I'll have to put it on my list!

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Thank you for your recommendation - the photos look stunning. And thank you for your words. Your lovely posts always lift me up and give me inspiration. Indeed - January and February do require quite a bit of stamina. A pick- me- up from time to time is highly welcome.

February 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

I had the book too for Christmas - I'm actually rationing it a few pages at a time as there is so much to take in - and all so beautiful! Arne lives not far from us here in Wales (in that ochre coloured house) but sadly his garden isn't open to the public otherwise I would be round there like a shot. Enjoy using this time to plan for spring!

February 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKate

What a gorgeous book. I am tempted just by the cover.

February 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

I'm so glad to know of this book, designer, and location! I've just been perusing the website you link to and am enjoying the journals, and if you aren't already following, they have an instagram account...https://www.instagram.com/arnemaynardgardendesign/

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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