Europe's most eminent garden designer shares his philosophy, his theory and much of his practice in landscape design, as he has developed it over the years. There's much of practical value for the informed reader- but it must be extracted from the personal record, from regional and historical background, from his honest sharing of prejudices and opinion. His experience ranges from the cottage garden to the Festival Gardens of Battersea. He developed the beautiful plantings at Longlent- he writes of the various phases of planning at Stour, at Windsor. He is acknowledged master in his field but does not hesitate to share laurels with those designers of the past who have influenced him. He discusses basic principles of taste and style and harmony of house and garden, and he goes into specific details of trees and shrubs, and the raw materials of his art.