Kim Wilkie had an intense introduction to landscape. He grew up in the Malaysian jungle and the Iraqi desert before being sent to school in southern England. He is fascinated by the link between land and culture and between memory and imagination. He continues to teach and lecture in North America, writes optimistically about land and place and meddles in various national committees on landscape and environmental policy in the UK. He lives in Hampshire with a small herd of longhorn cattle. Leading landscape architect Kim Wilkie is revered for his unusual vision and his acute grasp of how people have moulded their environment over the centuries. This updated version of his classic book Led by the Land, has been expanded to include fresh thoughts on farming and settlement and new projects, both huge and intimate. “A revelatory survey of how landscapes in human hands can become moving inhabited works of art, written by one of the most gifted of today’s landscape architects” Sir David Attenborough.
Thirty years ago, in an extraordinarily progressive move, Japanese media entrepreneur, Mitsushige Hayashi, bought 400 hectares of land in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido with the aim of off-setting the carbon footprint of his national newspaper business. Tokachi Millennium Forest describes Dan’s involvement with the project to help design an ecological public park on the site, to entice town and city dwellers to reconnect with nature and to preserve a piece of land that had been lost to intensive forestry and agriculture. With invaluable contributions by Midori Shintani, Head Gardener at Tokachi Millennium Forest. Dan Pearson trained at the RHS Gardens, Wisley and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Two years spent working at the botanic gardens of Jerusalem and Edinburgh increased his innate understanding of plant ecology which along with an appreciation for natural landscapes, inspires his garden design today. He has designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens, writes a weekly gardening journal DIGDELVE and lectures widely.
Informative, thought-provoking and disturbing, this book poses the most important question of our time: how can we stop destroying our planet? There was a time when Cleve West questioned the importance of his role as a designer. Two things changed his mind: designing a garden for a hospital and adopting a vegan lifestyle. Cleve’s transition to veganism was a profound and varied learning experience. Cleve West is one of Britain’s top garden designers. No less than six of the gardens he has designed for the Chelsea Flower Show have won RHS Gold Medals
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