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"A beautifully illustrated and endearing part-biography, part-overview of the thinking behind their work..." - Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year
"Character oozes through every pore of the book." - Tim Richardson, Country Life
"Gloriously illustrated...displays their touches of genius everywhere. The book is ostensibly about gardens, or garden designs, but it is so much more than that. It's about passion, vision, commitment and entertainment, and it's also a glorious celebration of England." - Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
"The Bannermans' designs combine monumentality with carefully balanced humour and it's a pleasure to learn how they come to fruition." - The Garden
"A record of the grand scale gardens made by these two offbeat visionaries . . . a compelling read." - Mary Keen, Telegraph
"Lushly illustrated, beautifully-penned and instructive account of the work of this well-known UK garden design duo." - Irish Times
"Inspiring reading." - Evening Standard
"I just gorged myself on this magnificent book. Utterly transporting. It's the first gardening book I couldn't put down." - Dominic West
"Isabel and Julian Bannerman have turned dreams to ethereal reality time and again. This is a glorious scrapbook-style story of some of their most notable works." - The English Garden
"An absolutely magical book. Such brilliant writing, vivid, engaged . . . this is a most potent record of true brilliance." - Anna Pavord
"Weavers of garden fairy tales..." - Homes and Gardens
"This book, a personal account of the couple's key design projects, builds up a picture, both in words and images, of what this special touch involves." - Gardens Illustrated
"Full of wonderful photographs - but do read the writing from the beginning: it's romantic, thoughtful and inspiring." - The Lady
"This glorious book is not only beautiful to look at, it is written in wonderfully descriptive language. I found my head filled with ideas as well as thoughts about what gardening is all about." - Reckless Gardener
"Packed with sumptuous images of their quirky, stately and inventive British gardens which although largely grand are nonetheless really inspiring." - A Little Bird
Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been designing gardens and garden buildings together since 1983. They have won many competitions including an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal.
Their approach to design, while rooted in history and the classical tradition, is fresh, eclectic and surprising. Designers to the highest in the land, they have made gardens for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor, the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk at Arundel Castle in Sussex, John Paul Getty II at Wormsley in Buckinghamshire, the great walled garden at Houghton, home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, and they designed the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York.
Their garden at Hanham Court near Bath was acclaimed by Gardens Illustrated as the top garden of 2009, ahead of Sissinghurst. When they moved from Hanham it was to the fairytale castle of Trematon overlooking Plymouth Sound, where they have created yet another magical garden.