Shire Publications. ISBN-13: 978 0 74780 049 0


A compact book of the Shire Library series and published in 2011. It is however not light on detail, and is a great first reference for those looking for a take-anywhere handbook. Available for under £7, this book introduces Brown and other landscape designers of note. As we know, changing fashion has an impact on gardens design, and Laura Mayer explains this successfully in a colourful and easy to read sixty-four pages. If you’re new to Capability Brown, or eighteenth century landscape gardening, then this would be the ideal toe dipping pool in which to start.   

The book’s description includes:

‘Laura Mayer presents a concise and colourful introduction to Brown and other leading landscape gardeners of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, such as William Kent, William Payne Knight and Humphry Repton. She explores how competing ideas in garden design were shaped both by chances in prevailing fashion, and by the innovations of particular designers, and why Brown’s designs are currently considered to be the epitome of landscape gardening in this period’.

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About Lancelot Capability Brown

Hello and Welcome to my Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown blog! I thrive on the richness and diversity found within our historic gardens and landscapes and I hope through this blog to paint a picture of Lancelot Brown’s 18th Century world, his landscapes and life. I’d like this blog to spread the Brownian word far and wide, so please join in, suggest post subjects, send in potential articles or links to anything and everything with 'Capability'. I’ll also be looking forward to the Capability Brown Tercentenary Celebration of his birth in 2016, and look forward to an incredible year where the work of Brown can receive more praise and recognition than ever before. I've also launched a Twitter account under the title of @Brown2016 where for the next few years I plan to help spread the word and at the very least play my part in the build-up to a special year for all who enjoy landscape gardening in its true form. All views are my own and do not represent those of any organisation.
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