Date of publicationPublication date: November 2013
Paperback ISBN-13978 185341 135 9 (paperback only)
Images199 colour and 2 black & white photos, 55 informal sketches
DimensionsA4 landscape format, 210 x 297 mm
Garden and Landscape
The Lectures of Anthony du Gard Pasley
Anthony du Gard Pasley
This book contains the distilled experience of a lifetime working in landscape, and particularly in gardens. Based on Mr Pasley’s lectures at the English Gardening School and elsewhere, it is written for students and serious gardeners in a personal, characteristically forthright style. The book emphasizes the need for observation of our surroundings, the expectations of clients and the solutions to many problems faced by garden-owners and by designers contracted to find the remedies. Principles and comments are amplified with the author’s own line drawings and layouts, further enhanced with many photographs.
Foreword by John Brookes; The Garden in its Setting: introvert or extrovert, framing the view, views or shelter, visual influences, understanding boundaries, trees in the landscape, what's right or wrong, first impressions, traditional surroundings. Of Light and Space: masses and voids, playing with perspective, the importance of light, space division. Why do People Have Gardens? The reasons for gardening, getting to know the client, understanding the client. The Structure of the Garden: enclosures, entrances and openings, paths and hard surfaces, steps, terraces. Soil and Water: levels and ground-shaping, land-form, water and pools. Planting Design: taking stock, shelter, hedges, shade and seclusion, plants as decoration, colour planting. Living in the Garden: conservatories, outbuildings, garden furniture, pets, children, household sports, gardening and maintenance. History in the Garden: check a site's history, restoration of old gardens. Conclusion by Rosemary Alexander; Index.
'Throughout his career, [the author] was involved with training, educating and also writing about landscape and garden design. His ability to explain ideas simply, clearly and engagingly has undoubtedly been sharpened by all his students and it is a valuable attribute of this book. ... He offers good and, more unusually, bad examples and experience from his own work - a client who nearly killed himself falling over a single step, unsuccessfully using clay to line a pond, regrading ground to create movement and shape, and using surplus material as banks with planting. ... Pasley offers a set of classic principles, won from his own observations and experience, hand-me-downs from [Sylvia] Crowe and [Brenda] Colvin and from his readings of [Gertrude] Jekyll and others. ... his principles on step height/tread ratios, manipulating perspective, reflection and water, etc., are timeless, and it is crucial to understand these rules before we start to break them. In this regard, this is an excellent read.' Annabel Downs in the Garden Design Journal.
'He covers almost every aspect of garden design; and all of it is based on personal experience. His views are strong as is the advice he gives which is delivered in a direct manner, in a voice which is distinctive. It's as if he is, as in fact he was, talking to you. I like this bit about 'cushion joints', a type of pointing between paving slabs: " ... a particularly ugly method which looks as if the cement has boiled up between the stones, each of which becomes a small pond when it rains as the water cannot get away. I have no idea how it is achieved but it should be avoided at all costs." I found myself nodding in agreement as I made my way through [The book]. For his students, it must have been exhilarating, and like all good teachers he is at the same time both didactic and thought-provoking; the answers to the questions he raises, he leaves you to find for yourself. In hindsight, I am not now sure how much was actually new to me but it is always agreeable to to have one's own views reinforced. "Do not fall into the trap of thinking 'I do not like that plant' or 'I think that it is common and I will never use it'. This shows that one has only seen it badly used and has no imagination to overcome the bad impression."... This book is as much a memorial to a man much missed as a source of very good, practical advice. I enjoyed it and I only wish that I had been taught by him.
Mark Lutyens in Hortus.'Pasley doses his advice with wit, but he can be fierce, for instance about the distinction between a terrace and a patio: "The terrace is an extreme projection of the house into the garden, while the patio is an introvert space caused by the house turning in on itself and has no other view." Jarvis Bell in Historic Gardens Review