Landscape of Dreams by Isabel and Julian Bannerman

Anyone with a passing interest in garden design will be familiar with the work of Julian and Isabel Bannerman. Over the past three decades the husband and wife duo have created dreamy landscapes at estates including Highgrove, Houghton Hall, Astall Manor and Waddesdon Manor as well as at their own homes at Hanham Court (pictured) and Tremanton Castle. And now they’ve published a collection of some of their exuberant projects; Landscape of Dreams traces their lives as designers from childhood to their meeting in Edinburgh (when Mr Bannerman was a wine bar proprietor) to now when the couple are rightly renowned as exceptionally talented landscape designers and architects. The book is packed with sumptuous images of their quirky, stately and inventive British gardens which although largely grand are nonetheless really inspiring. It will make you yearn for your own folly/gothic arch festooned with rambling roses or the sort of magical lost garden that have fuelled the Bannermans throughout their stellar careers.

Landscape of Dreams by Isabel and Julian Bannerman
£33.65 at Hive
— Clare
12th October 2016