The English Garden at Night
- ISBN 9780500543733
- 33.00 x 26.70 cm
- 175 Illustrations, 175 in colour
- First published 2010
‘Stunning, other-worldly, at times hinting at something deliciously forbidden’ – Sainsbury’s Magazine
‘Incredible images … a highly original book, which opens a secret nighttime world to the reader, both vibrantly beautiful and mysterious’ – The Lady
‘Remarkable … In daylight these gardens would photograph well enough of course, but at night the results are extraordinary – plants, flowers, statues, potting sheds, walls, greenhouses – all carefully lit to reveal textures, structure and colours not generally seen during the day’ – The Professional Gardener
‘A fantastic idea … highly original … wonderful … Rutenberg’s creativity should be an inspiration to all’ – Amateur Photographer
The English Garden at Night takes us at night through ten of the most remarkable and atmospheric English gardens.
Linda Rutenberg’s photographs are taken after midnight, creating a vision of stillness and mystery. The English Garden at Night transports us to realms of beauty, history, tranquillity, and a spiritual quality that comes from centuries of thought and creation.
The gardens beautifully photographed here are:
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter House and Gardens
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Levens Hall Gardens
The Eden Project
The Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley.
The mood is set by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Museum of Garden History in London, in an eloquent and thought-provoking essay, and all the gardens have intimate introductions by those who know them best.
See Linda Rutenberg talking about her exhibition at the Eden Project
Linda Rutenberg has been a photographer, author and educator for thirty years. Among her other books are the award-winning Mount Royal: A World Apart and The Garden at Night. Her fine art work has been exhibited internationally, and can be found in many prestigious collections. Her work can be seen at www.lindarutenberg.com and www.thegardenatnight.com.
Christopher Woodward is Director of the Museum of Garden History in London. A historian of art and architecture, he became interested in gardens through his book In Ruins, which explores ruined buildings as a contest between man and Nature. He gardens by night as a ‘guerrilla gardener’ in central London.