English landscape architect and town planner, author of books on English Garden Design:history and Styles since 1650 (Antique Collectors Club, 1986), Landscape Planning (Hutchinson, 1987), City as Landscape: a post-Postmodern view of Planning and Design (Spons, 1996), Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Design (UCL, 1998), Garden History: Philosophy and Design (2004). Editor of the Garden History Reference Encyclopedia CD. Lecturer at the University of Greenwich.
The garden was made in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, with marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas. Perhaps unsuprisingly as the garden was designed by a painter, the garden is c…"
Katsura is a masterpiece of Japanese garden design. It was built for Prince Toshhihito (1579-1629) and he is believed to have been the main designer. He made a lake, hills, islands, beaches and 16 bridges. The result was a pleasure landscape of the kind …"
Shalamar Bagh means 'Abode of Love'. The garden has a fabulous setting, on the shore of Lake Dal in Kashmir, with the Himalayas as a backdrop. It was made by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his wife, Nur Jahan, is thought to have been the designer. A fre…"
Bagh-i Fin, in Kashan, is one of the most beautiful gardens in Iran. The country has a famous garden design tradition but few old gardens survive. Bagh-i Fin has all the classic elements: a charhar bagh pattern of canals, a mud enclosing wall with circul…"
Giverny was made by the great French impressionist painter, Claude Monet. It is not a large garden, but it is exceedingly popular with visitors and remarkably photogenic. Monet moved from Paris to Giverny in 1883, believing that all painting of nature s…"
Sissinghust Castle Garden is probably the best-loved garden made in the twentieth century – and a leading example of the Arts and Crafts style of garden design. It was made on the site of a medieval manor house and some of the old buildings survive. The…"
This was a Chinese scholar's garden. It is in Suzhou and is widely praised as the most perfect garden in China's 'garden capital'. The Courtyard of the Jade Spring Abode was used as a model for the Chinese court in New York's Metropolitan Museum. The ma…"
The Villa Lante is often seen as the best example of the best period in the history of garden design: the Mannerist phase of the Italian renaissance. It was designed for a cardinal with a flamboyant taste for outdoor living and dining. Every aspect of t…"
Amongst garden designers, Vaux le Vicomte is the most admired high Baroque garden. It was one of the first and it has a geometrical perfection which even Versailles cannot equal. There are deep woods, brilliant water features, elaborate parterres and fi…"
Stourhead is most perfect example of an English landscape garden. It was inspired by Claude Lorrain's vision of a golden age in which the architecture was classical and landscapes were peopled by handsome men and beautiful shepherdesses, usually enjoying…"