The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom, hardback published by Jacqui Small. ISBN 9781910254592, price 35 gbp available in the U.K. through www.quartoknows.com
Rarely do I find a garden book with such a command of all the elements of garden design, brought together with a master's hand. Behind Jinny's undoubted and well-deserved success lies a philosophy, intuition and know-how that guide her every step. Engaging with the garden on every level, Jinny conducts a now well-rehearsed strategy like a conversation with turns and twists to embrace every possibility and permutation. This beautifully illustrated book shows her skills to advantage with lush gardens that would even beckon the self-confessed non-gardener. Beautiful to look at, this tome goes beyond coffee-table and delves into the potential of garden space. With Jinny, we take the journey to plan and plot, to make the 'landscape' beautiful by striving for its essential character, past connections and how the current owner will connect to the land. She takes us through each essential part of garden design - history, structure, plants, layout etc, revealing the importance of each aspect accompanied by drawings and photos of sites. We gain an understanding of how each key ingredient works. The planning and execution of a garden is like a tapestry of many elements that harmonise perfectly. This is a book that will make you think about your garden space anew. Excellent text and photography. Destined to be a classic of garden design that inspires us all to greater things.