Magical ‘Landscape of Dreams’ reprinted

Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been designing gardens and garden buildings together since 1983. Their approach, while rooted in history and the classical tradition, is fresh, eclectic and surprising. Originally printed in hardback in 2016 ‘Landscape of Dreams, The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman’ has now been reprinted in paperback.

Our guest reviewer, Susie White, reviewed this magical and compelling book for Reckless Gardener when it was first published in 2016 and you can read her review in full here .

In her review, Susie points out: “The Bannerman style often uses elements from historic gardens, particularly of the sixteenth or seventeenth century, such as follies, grottoes and arbours. Their materials range from rusticated stone and tufa rock to antlers, tree stumps, shells and pine cones. Buildings might be thatched or roofed with shingles, pediments crowned with conglomerations of antlers, imaginary ‘ruins’ created in a mixture of new stone and salvaged stonework. There’s also a sense of playfulness. Wood is used to make obelisks, balustrades or urns where you might expect stone. Giant urns sprout, not living, but gilded bronze agaves.”

Beautifully illustrated, this is an endearing book, part-biography and partly an overview of the thinking behind their work.The Foreword has been written by HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Bannermans (pictured right) have made gardens for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, the Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor and the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk at Arundel Castle. They designed the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York, and their own garden at Hanham Court, near Bath, was acclaimed by Gardens Illustrated at the top garden of 2009.

This new paperback edition is timely for Christmas and will certainly make a welcome and delightful present.

Landscape of Dreams, The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman’ with a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales, is published in paperback by Pimpernel Press Limited – – at £25.00

Picture credits: Picture of Isabel and Julian © Andrew Montgomery.