Websites that Wow:
- Fiona Lawrenson‘s site wows big-time. And isn’t that the purpose of designer sites??
- Andy Sturgeon‘s site is very good, with great photos.
- Claire Mee‘s site is uniquely good. It offers great project photos, plus shots of Claire trekking in Bhutan with clients. Now that’s cool.
- Tom Stuart-Smith‘s site excels in wow. Big, gorgeous photos, several for each project. A winner! Read more about Tom…
The really hot designer in England (we’re told he epitomizes the
state of British garden design) seems to be Tom Stuart-Smith, who
merits a 4-page spread in Garden Design and lots of Chelsea medals.
His designs are the marriage of clean design to the love of plants,
uniting the English tapestry tradition of intense herbaceous borders
with the new naturalistic and eco-friendly movement – think Gertrude
Jekyll meets Oehme, Van Sweden.
Gang, we don’t have to fight the old design v. plants battle; Tom here
shows us we can have it all – with the exercise of a little discipline,
a happy news item. Dan Hinkley, everyone’s favorite plant explorer and
owner of the late and "deeply missed" Heronswood Nursery, is Garden
Design’s new columnist! The executive editor tells us he’ll be "taking
us with him on his travels, introducing us to his circle of
extraordinarily well-informed, well-traveled green-thumb friends for
whom the whole world is a garden." His first column takes us to North
Vietnam, New Zealand, Berkeley, CA, and the Yucca Do Nursery in Texas.
Ya know, I used to think I had to travel the far reaches of the globe
myself but it’s so tiring. So thanks, Dan, for doing all that schlepping and reporting back to us.
[Photos: Top, by Fiona Lawrenson; center, by Claire Mee; bottom, Hinkley (left) with partner Robert Jones.]Posted by Susan Harris on January 10, 2007 at 4:34 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic.