Book Club: The gardens of Arne Maynard.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:48PM
Katrin in Book Club

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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