Husbandry: Making Gardens with Mr B. (Hardcover)

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'Making a garden together, in which to live and work, through thick and thin, fair and foul, is what we like to do best. Everything else is a sideshow. Since spring 2019 Julian and I have been making a garden at Ashington Manor Farm, a garden that we think of as our last principal private escapade, but you never know . . .'

Isabel and Julian Bannerman have made scores of lauded gardens for a host of famous clients, and three special, much-loved gardens of their own surrounding the houses which they have restored and lived in since they married, starting at The Ivy, Chippenham, in 1982; then Hanham Court, Bristol, in 1993; and Trematon Castle, Cornwall, in 2012.

Now as they embark on a new adventure, creating a garden at their Elizabethan manor house in Somerset, Isabel reflects on the garden they are making and the others they have made as a couple, about the "thousand tiny decisions about which we fight like hooting chimpanzees" and, especially, the fundamentals of what Julian, Mr B, thinks about the key things that go into making a garden for living in – a jumble of eating, drinking and sitting places, fruit cages, vegetable and cutting gardens, pelargoniums in giant pots, rose arches, tools and sheds, fences, formality and topiary, pools and meadows, and not least the importance of one's peripheral vision of how the garden joins on to the landscape.

About the Author

Garden designer Isabel Bannerman and her husband, Julian, have won Gold Medals at Chelsea and designed gardens for a wide range of people, including HRH The Prince of Wales and many clients from the worlds of fashion and film. They also designed the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York. Isabel is the author of Landscape of Dreams (2016), Scent Magic (2019), and the author/editor of The Star-Nosed Mole (2021), all published by Pimpernel Press.

Praise For…

"Beautifully written, achingly honest and sometimes irreverent, revealing all sorts of useful snippets on garden design." House and Garden

"If you like gardens, houses, charm and other people's husbands then get this book. Nothing and no one keeps me awake till three in the morning apart, it seems, from Isabel Bannerman. Her style of writing is all her own and I love it." —Jasper Conran, designer

"Sharp and imparts all that really useful practical stuff so often left unsaid. And all is told with that same chaos and charm that underpins their enchanting gardens." —Country Life

"So beguiling in its content, so poignant in its perceptions, that when I had finished it, I started at the beginning again, to read it all over again." Gardens Illustrated

"Broad in scope...beautifully and evocatively written...a useful and practical book. A garden like a marriage is ‘for pleasure and living in’ and Husbandry has a wellspring of ideas on the possibilities of place." —Garden and House

"So out of the ordinary, so fantastically written, clever and very funny." Jason Goodwin

"Warm, candid and enormously entertaining, this book is as much about a marriage as a garden. There are gems of observation, thought-provoking statements and some really useful advice." Sunday Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781914902949
ISBN-10: 1914902947
Publisher: Pimpernel Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English


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