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Luciano Giubbilei: The Art of Making Gardens


Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winning gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society s Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene garden designs for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex, in close collaboration with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett. In this elegant new book, Giubbilei explains the development of his style over the last few years a pivotal time for his design work and describes the philosophy by which he works. The first section contains texts and images that explore the garden at Great Dixter and Giubbilei s work there, across the four seasons, celebrated with atmospheric specially commissioned photographs and a full plant list. The second section examines Giubbilei s love of craft and traditionally made objects, and through visits to and discussion with craftsmen in the UK and beyond explores the contribution such work makes to his garden design. The final section constitutes a wider investigation of Giubbilei s influences under the broad themes of water, colour and texture, illustrating with photographs and words exactly what it is about the world that inspires him and how that is manifested in his designs, with specific reference to his gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 and the Venice Biennale in 2015. Contributions from three creative people whom Giubbilei admires the architect John Pawson, the artist Guillem Nadal and the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard amplify his ideas, and plant lists and new photography complete the documentation of the gardens. This stunning book will appeal to garden lovers and designers and horticultural students, as well as design aficionados seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process behind making a garden.