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9781743365830

Michael Cooke and Brigid Arnott

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Landscape designer Michael Cooke presents five of his superbly designed gardens, including his own, which are illustrated by the lyrically beautiful photographs of coauthor Brigid Arnott. The selected landscapes encapsulate the characteristics he considers vital in the making of a truly beautiful, liveable garden. They have a distinct 'voice' of their own, reflecting not only the personality and style of the owners, but also the longstanding relationship and emotional connection between the owners and Michael, who has maintained and developed the gardens over many years.

Significantly, they all feature elements of wildness combined with a degree of order. These characteristics lend the gardens great character and texture: the landscapes may be magnificent, but they all have an organic quality, imperfections, amid a degree of 'disobedience' that makes them distinctive and compelling.

About the Authors:
Michael Cooke has been designing gardens since 1983. Shortly after completing his studies in horticulture he purchased a nursery specialising in rare and unusual plants, before opening a boutique garden centre. Today he focuses solely on design.

Brigid Arnott studied photography and advertising and has worked in advertising agencies around Australia as an art director. She has also travelled widely and was a travel photographer for Canon.

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ISBN 9781743365830
Publisher Murdoch Books
Published 2016
Format Hardback
Number of pages 256
Dimensions H 28.5cm x W 23cm

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