Creative Gardeners

Douglas Ellory Pett

Creative Gardeners coverAn inspir­a­tional book for garden­ers about gar­dens. Twenty private gar­dens – mostly designed and brought into exist­ence by their own­ers – have been chosen for their diversity, cre­ativ­ity and skill in cul­tiv­a­tion. They range from a former marsh to moors and open upland; from frost pock­ets to areas of excess­ive rain­fall. Some have had the advant­age of pre­vi­ous cul­tiv­a­tion, oth­ers have been wrung from raw fields, or hewn out of val­ley slopes. All of the con­di­tions described will be found some­where else in the Brit­ish Isles, and most of the prob­lems faced are universal.

Whether you garden in a town or sub­urb, have extens­ive grounds or a cot­tage garden, you are sure to find some­thing of interest among this selection.

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Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first exper­i­ence of large-​​scale garden­ing as Vicar of Gul­val, Pen­zance, from 1961 to 1966. In the 1980s he pur­sued geo­lo­gical and other field stud­ies in Corn­wall, and was invited to organ­ize the first pro­fes­sional and vol­un­tary sur­veys of his­toric gar­dens for the newly formed Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust. He was a mem­ber of the Garden His­tory Soci­ety; author of the defin­it­ive The Parks and Gar­dens of Corn­wall (Alison Hodge, 1998), The Corn­wall Gar­dens Guide (Alison Hodge, 2003), and Hor­ti­cul­ture on the Isles of Scilly; co-​​author of The His­toric Gar­dens of Corn­wall (1991); editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001), and a reg­u­lar con­trib­utor to The Cornish Garden. In 2004, Dr Pett was awar­ded the Charles Thomas Prize of the Royal Insti­tu­tion of Corn­wall for his work on Hor­ti­cul­ture on the Isles of Scilly. He com­pleted Cre­at­ive Garden­ers just before his death in Feb­ru­ary 2005.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • 1 Bonython Manor: Intro­du­cing South African plants
  • 2 Bos­vigo: Asso­ci­at­ing plant col­our and form
  • 3 Caer­val­lack: Garden­ing in the vernacular
  • 4 East Down Barn: Garden­ing a steep slope
  • 5 Half Acre: An artist and sculptor’s garden
  • 6 Higher Truscott: A hardy plantsman’s garden
  • 7 Ince Castle: Garden­ing around an his­toric house
  • 8 Ken-​​Caro: A connoisseur’s garden
  • 9 King­berry: A town garden
  • 10 Lam­or­ran House Gar­dens: A Medi­ter­ranean garden
  • 11 Landewed­nack House: A colourist’s garden
  • 12 Marsh Villa Gar­dens: A damp garden
  • 13 Nansawsan House: Restor­ing a Vic­torian garden
  • 14 Peterdale: A small Feng Shui and Japan­ese garden
  • 15 Pine Lodge Gar­dens: A world of plants
  • 16 Pinsla Garden: A romantic garden
  • 17 Ready­money Cove: A sea­side val­ley garden
  • 18 Rose Cot­tage: A moor­land cot­tage garden
  • 19 St Martin’s Manor: Garden­ing with hardy exotics
  • 20 Trist House: Redis­cov­er­ing a Geor­gian par­son­age garden
  • Post­script: Tresil­lian, the author’s garden
  • Fur­ther Reading
  • Acknow­ledge­ments

ISBN: 0906720419
1st edi­tion
Paper­back with flaps
136 pages
198 col­our pho­to­graphs
246 x 189mm

Informal, inform­at­ive and infin­itely inspir­ing for garden­ers all around the coun­try, this is a lovely book, well-​​illustrated, cel­eb­rat­ing one of England’s best assets – its gar­dens.’ (The Book Pl@ce, June 2005)

A visual inspir­a­tion for “arm­chair” garden­ers to hor­ti­cul­tural experts, this inform­at­ive book cap­tures a range of garden­ing exper­i­ences. …
‘The jour­neys of the garden­ers, as they cre­ated their dis­tinct­ive gar­dens, are fas­cin­at­ing … charm­ing illus­tra­tions’ (Inside Corn­wall, June 2005)

Vir­tu­ally all of the gar­dens can be vis­ited …
‘Mean­while you can, of course, wal­low in a deep arm­chair and with this book as your guide, let ima­gin­a­tion steer you over razored lawns, under fra­grant arch­ways, by deep and stead­fast pools, through shocks of bril­liant shrub­ber­ies or wend­ing around cool wood­lands.
‘All can be found here, and the author Dr Pett, a man of extens­ive hor­ti­cul­tural exper­i­ence, has lov­ingly con­jured up not only the glory and diversity of Cornish gar­dens but the sheer grit, tal­ent and determ­in­a­tion of the own­ers who have been will­ing to work long hours to achieve their beau­ti­ful dreams and make real their vis­ions.
‘Sadly the author died before pub­lic­a­tion but the book now stands as a fit­ting trib­ute to his memory.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 02.07.05)

Cornish pub­lisher Alison Hodge has pro­duced another gem’ (The Gardener, Sum­mer 2005)

The gar­dens have been chosen for their diversity and the cre­ativ­ity and skill of their own­ers, which is clearly reflec­ted in the pho­to­graphy.
‘The grow­ing con­di­tions of each garden are described so that read­ers will know if they can grow the plants men­tioned.’ (Gar­dens Monthly, Novem­ber 2005)

cer­tain to not only prove of interest but also to inspire any­one who gar­dens, “whether in town or coun­try, on marsh or moor”.’ (The Cornish­man, 01.12.05)

Beau­ti­fully illus­trated with col­our pho­to­graphs through­out, this book shows how garden orna­ment, sculp­ture, water and plants can be used to great effect in both mod­ern and his­toric gar­dens.’ (Devon Gar­dens Trust, News­let­ter, no. 63, Winter 2005)

totally inspir­ing and the copi­ous col­lec­tion of col­our pho­to­graphs offers plenty of ideas …
‘The book is very well turned out and a nice touch in the text is the per­sonal descrip­tion of the own­ers and their ambi­tions for their slice of land.
‘Alto­gether a delight­ful book … and an invit­a­tion to dream’ (Old Corn­wall, vol. XIII, no. 6, Spring 2006)

Cre­at­ive Garden­ers is an inspir­a­tional book’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 49, 2006)

As we have come to expect from Douglas Ellory Pett … and pub­lisher Alison Hodge, this book will be indis­pens­able to any­one vis­it­ing, garden­ing or liv­ing in Corn­wall. … With beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs of the plants, fea­tures, land­scapes and views … plus an inter­est­ing and detailed text … we are taken into the open spaces and hid­den corners of these delight­ful gar­dens.’ (Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust Journal, 2006)

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