My Kind of Garden

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As a photographer, Richard Brown has spent countless hours in the world's grandest and most beautiful gardens. While working in these breathtaking locations, he began to make a wish list of what would go into his ideal garden. But when he tried to re-create these elements on his own modest property in northern Vermont, the plants didn't survive and the design looked out of place. From this experience, Brown learned to take the principles he learned from gifted gardeners and adapt them to what he could really achieve - to let the land and his own lifestyle guide the development of his garden and not to impose an ideal derived from someone else's. The result is a book that both delights and inspires through its glorious garden photography and shows in a practical way what you can do to make your own beautiful personal garden.

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Garden photographer Richard Brown spent years enjoying the fruits of others' horticultural labor and planning his own ideal garden in his head. When the time came to plant his fantasy garden on his Vermont property, he found (after several seasons' hard work) that its proportions were out of whack and the plants were wrong for the climate. Back to square one for the gardener. Brown describes--at length, and not without humor--how he has learned to work with his garden, not wrestle with it.

Though this is a book of gorgeous photographs, not one of them is of Brown's garden--which is slightly frustrating, like hearing the beauty regimen of a veiled lady described. But Brown's gentle insistence that a gardener must, first of all, be true to his or her own space does sink in. In the end, this is less a book about his garden than about yours.

About the Author:

Richard W. Brown grew up in the Boston area and left the city to make a life in rural Vermont. A graduate of Harvard, where he studied art and art history, he taught school before embarking on a career as a photographer. His books include The Private World of Tasha Tudor, Moments in Eden, The View from the Kingdom, A Vermont Christmas, and Pictures from the Country.

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