“Delve into this beautiful book. You’ll come away sharing his passion for the beauty that gardens bring into our lives.” —Sigourney Weaver, environmentalist, actor, trustee of New York Botanical Garden
How does an individual garden relate to the larger landscape? How does it connect to the natural and cultural environment? Does it evoke a sense of place? In Spirit of Place, Bill Noble—a lifelong gardener, and the former director of preservation for the Garden Conservancy—helps gardeners answer these questions by sharing how they influenced the creation of his garden in Vermont.
Throughout, Noble reveals that a garden is never created in a vacuum but is rather the outcome of an individual’s personal vision combined with historical and cultural forces. Sumptuously illustrated, this thoughtful look at the process of garden-making shares insights gleaned over a long career that will inspire you to create a garden rich in context, personal vision, and spirit.
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“Bill Noble gets it—about place, plants, and why gardens matter. Delve into this beautiful book. You’ll come away sharing his passion for the beauty that gardens bring into our lives.” —Sigourney Weaver, environmentalist, actor, trustee of New York Botanical Garden
“A gloriously illustrated source of information and inspiration for all who garden seriously.” —Marco Polo Stufano, founding director of horticulture, Wave Hill
“Bill Noble is that rare combination of a plant collector with an artistic sensibility. He takes us on an intimate walk through his garden, where a tapestry of plantings interacts with mountains and meadows.” —Page Dickey, author of Embroidered Ground and the forthcoming Uprooted
“The story of a remarkable garden and its creator, through a tour packed with plant information, glorious photographs, secrets, and tricks of the trade.” —Antonia Adezio, executive director, Marin Art & Garden Center
“Part memoir, part local history, part gardening how-to and why-to—should inspire all of us to create and celebrate our own special spirit of place.” —Wall Street Journal
“Not only has Bill Noble preserved significant public and private gardens around the country—he has created an extraordinary garden at home…Noble gets into the weeds about what it took to create his own garden in his new book.” —New Hampshire Home
“Bill Noble is telling the story of his own garden, and it is an object lesson on the considerations involved in the making of any garden.” —The New York Times
“A lot of history, an abundance of planning and devotion, and a collection of amazing photographs. Bragg Hill is truly a place where the spirit of nature is thriving.” —The Oregonian
“A thought-provoking book that nudges the reader to consider how his or her own locale and garden relate to one another, while it also offers design advice for the reader honing his or her own vision.” —Horticulture
“Spirit of Place should delight most any gardener or those who dream of being. It paints a portrait of a garden that was essentially created to become or grow into a destination, or better yet, a home. After all, isn't that what a garden should be? Gardens are personal portraits of life.” —Growing with Plants
“Bill Noble explores the history of New England gardens and how they were shaped by a rugged landscape, harsh climate, and European ideas about design and plantsmanship.” —Gardens Illustrated
“This is a book that will delight you, inform you, and inspire you to get out there and get into the dirt, a particularly wonderful way to practice social distancing in this strange and unsettling time.” —The Concord Monitor