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Brenda Colvin A Career in Landscape by Trish Gibson

Brenda Colvin A Career in Landscape

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Brenda Colvin A Career in Landscape by Trish Gibson

Brenda Colvin (1897-1981) ranks with Sylvia Crowe and Geoffrey Jellicoe as a pioneer of twentieth-century landscape design in Britain. This first full account of her life and work demonstrates her importance. Early in her career Colvin visited the USA to see the new civic landscaping projects, especially the parkways. In England she transformed the landscapes of power stations, reservoirs, industrial sites, new towns and national parks and worked on private gardens. Her simple planting style and her ecological approach had enormous influence. Colvin championed the profession of landscape architect as a founder member and president of the Landscape Institute. Her books Land and Landscape and Trees for Town and Country remain standard works. Hal Moggridge, who became her partner; has written the foreword to this book. Trish Gibson has had full access to the archives of Colvin & Moggridge. She draws on Colvin's personal notebook and uses previously unpublished material. The offices of Covin & Moggridge continue to thrive at Little Peacocks, Filkins, Gloucestershire, where Colvin's garden is kept as it was in her day.


A fascinating read. Brenda was an inspiration, and a link between the past and the future of gardening. English Garden Gibson has written the perfect book about Colvin, collecting information and illustrations that bring her life and work to life, and showing sensitivity and understanding towards her as a person. Publisher Frances Lincoln has scored another hit with a book that may change perceptions as subtly but surely as a belt of newly planted trees. Country Life Carefully researched and copiously illustrated, 'A Career in History
fills an important gap in landscape history and leaves one eager to learn more, surely the sign of a really successful biography. BBC Gardens Illustrated Beautifully produced, illustrated and professionally researched. Thank you to Trish Gibson and Jane Crawley for this excellent insight into a twentieth

-century landscape giant. Horticulturalist The first full account of Colvin's life and work, and it is a large, meticulously researched and beautifully presented book, generously illustrated with plans and pictures of the work, as well as many of Colvin's own photographs. It's a book for anyone interested in the evolution of landscape design in the last century, but it also deserves to be more widely read in this design-led age, as a reminder of the principles behind what Colvin called landscapes 'worth living in'. Hortus Richly illustrated with Colvin's own plans and photos, supplemented with modern illustrations, Gibson's lively style and detailed notes make this biography as appealing to garden amateurs as to landscape scholars or professional designers. Garden Design Journal Recommended as an interesting biography, a history of garden and landscape design in the 20th century, a guide for garden visitors, and a useful reference for anyone wishing to create or change a garden. Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal A lesson for landscape architects everywhere. Tree News Author and subject overlap in many of their qualities: unshowy in temperament, meticulous in their assessment of the landscape and quietly determined to have their voices heard. Times Literary Supplement This biography performs a dual service. It fills a gap in the fogotton history of the post-Gertrude Jeykell, 20th-century garden; and it also presents an insightful and analytical appraisal of the life, work and character of the 'sometimes difficult
Brenda Colvin

... In short, this is a well-researched and authoritative book. Garden This thoroughly researched, generously illustrated and incisively written biography should bring her the attention she deserves... A lesson for landscape architects everywhere. Chartered Forester

About the Author

Trish Gibson is a garden journalist with a regular gardening column. She is a recorder for the Cornwall Gardens Trust and editor of their journal. Her own garden is open under the National Gardens Scheme.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd February 2011


Trish Gibson

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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd


256 pages


Garden design & planning
Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
Biography: general



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