: LUSH Talks – Victoria Clarke, Editor of “The Gardener’s Garden” by Phaidon :

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With the tremendous interest on nature-inspired designs myself, I am happy to share that Phaidon is having a book launch event for “The Gardener’s Garden” at the garden Maggie’s Hong Kong, a beautifully designed cancer caring center by Frank Gehry and Lily Jencks in 2008. We are giving away 2 complimentary tickets (original cost HK$675) for the event – look for more details at the end of the post!


: Q&A with Editor :

Here we had a chat with the Editor of the book, Victoria Clarke, on the intriguing contents and how the project started:

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Oasis d’Aboukir, Paris, France, Patrick Blanc, 21st century. Photo credit: Patrick Blanc

How did The Gardener’s Garden project come about?

The garden and gardening is growing in popularity – gardening is the new cookery and a subject very in tune with our living in an increasingly sustainable and environment-focused world. There really wasn’t anything like this available in the market already, so there was a gap for a book like this. It’s also a great gift book for gardeners/garden designers for Christmas.

How were the 250 gardens selected?

Collectively, they cover the various traditions in garden design throughout history. They are exemplary of their style and type and were carefully selected for their look and design, but also for their planting and horticultural uniqueness. In addition, they represent the work of key garden designers, both historically and those practising today. The selection includes national iconic gardens alongside less known and contemporary masterpieces for each region.

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Kenroku-en (Garden of the Six Sublimities), Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, Maeda Family, 17th–19th century. Photo credit: Claire Takacs

How many more gardens were up for the book at the start?

Over a thousand gardens were on the long list.

How and why was the team of 10 landscape design experts picked?

Given the ambitious reach of the book and the need for a truly global selection which covered the history of the garden, we reached out to leading experts and practitioners within the field of garden design, history, gardening and horticulture. This allowed us to work with experts in Tropical garden design, garden historians, designers working with plants today, and regional and genre specialists.

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Australian Garden Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architects with Paul Thompson, 20th–21st century. Photo credit: John Gollings

Did these experts visit all the gardens on the list, or how did they go through the selection process?

Many knew the gardens for their area/region or they had visited them. Each advisor submitted comments on the long list and a selection was made based on their feedback/comments.

Were there any surprises?

I knew we wouldn’t be short of gardens to select from, historically through today, but we were impressed by how many interesting contemporary gardens there are.

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Château de Villandry, Loire Valley, Centre, France, Dr Joachim Carvallo, 16th & 20th century. Photo credit: Florian Monheim

Was there a single garden which was a favourite among the judges and why?

People had personal favourites, based on gardens they’d visited, or designs and planting styles they liked – but also because of a garden’s horticultural collection. Some of these favourites included Villa Noailles in France, the Mediterranean Garden Society’s garden in Greece, the modernist Pool Garden at El Novillero in the USA, the tropical urban retreat of the Jim Thompson garden in Thailand, the Renaissance delight of Villa d’Este, individual creations like Golden Rock Inn in the West Indies and Little Sparta in Scotland, and the fantastical creation of Lotusland in California.

With 250 gardens on show, how was the book designed so that the reader does not get fatigued with too much green?

There are many shades of green! Besides which, this book is a riot of colour. The book’s layout is flexible, allowing for a mix of one page, two page or four-page layouts – with images reproduced at a different sizes – half or full pages with smaller images showing design details or planting combinations. It’s a visual tour de force turning the pages of the book. Images were carefully selected to cover a range of overview shots, longer distance images, combined with details and smaller-scale features.

Does The Gardener’s Garden include any tips for home gardeners?

Lots of visual inspiration across a range of climatic conditions – both gardens to visit, and ideas within individual gardens that one can copy in one’s own garden. Take for example some of the design features and planting combinations in Fiona Brockhoff’s garden, Karkalla, in Australia or Larnach Castle, New Zealand. Throughout the book there are ideas for different planting combinations or styles of garden, for example, softer plantings in borders within an overall formal layout like at Powis Castle. Also ideas for seasonal plantings, like the winter borders at Bressingham Gardens in the UK, and the ability to experiment.


: Event Details :

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Book cover and in-page spread, “The Gardener’s Garden”.


+ “The Gardener’s Garden” Book Launch

Date: Sunday 23 November, 2014

Time: Session One: 11:00am  |  Session Two: 2:00pm

Venue: The garden at Maggie’s Hong Kong (Designed by Frank Gehry and Lily Jencks)

Tuen Mun Hospital, Tsing Chung Koon Road, Tuen Mun, N.T., Hong Kong

**Complimentary round-trip transportation provided from Central. Free parking on-site.


+ Garden tour and talk with special guests 

Lily Jencks, Landscape Architect and daughter of founder Maggie Keswick and 

Alexander M. Duggie, Managing Director, Urbis Limited, in conversation with 

Kissa Castañeda, Editor, Home Journal

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The garden at Maggie’s Hong Kong 


+ Ticket Details

Type A: HK$675 including The Gardener’s Garden (retail: HK $750) & Home Journal (retail: HK $35) November issue

TYPE B: HK$200 Entry Only (redeemable for purchase of the book)


+ How to win complimentary tickets (total: 2 tickets worth hk$200@)

Send an email to pr@lushgazine.com with subject “The Gardener’s Garden” and tell us within 100 words how you relate landscape design to yourself/your work. Winners will receive a confirmation email on 20 November 2014.


+ You can also register at:


A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Maggie’s Hong Kong.



Good luck and hope to see you there!



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