The Gardens of Russell Page

These are a few images of gardens designed by the legend Russell Page.  He is one of the most influential designers I have studied.  Below is a quick description out of wikipedia.  I would highly recommend  the book by Gabrielle van Zuylen and Marina Schinz,, The Gardens of Russell Page. It is an absolutely marvelous study of his work.

Montague Russell Page (1906 – 1985) was a British landscape architect and garden designer.

Former partner of Geoffrey Jellicoe and author of The Education of a Gardener (1962). In this book he looks at the history of Islamic and Classical gardens. Page and Jellicoe designed the landscape and building for the splendidly named ‘Caveman Restaurant’ at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

Page went on to design gardens in Europe and the US. His clients included: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, King Léopold III of the Belgians, Babe and William S. Paley, Marcel Boussac, the Hon. Lady Baillie, PepsiCo, and the Frick Museum.

He was married twice. Page’s first wife was Lida Gurdjieff, a daughter of the spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff, whom he married in 1947; they divorced in 1954 and had one son, David. His second wife, whom he married in 1954, was Vera Milanova Daumal, the former wife of the poet Hendrick Kramer and widow of the poet René Daumal; she died in 1962.

What has always impressed me the most about his gardens are they way he manipulates space, form and volume.  He always seemed to know when to be bold and when space called for subtlety.

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