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UK £45.00
US $70.00
Hardback with jacket
208 pages plus 2 fold-outs
300 colour illustrations
29 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4665-8
The Making of Three Gardens

Jorge Sánchez

Photography by Andre Baranowski

Foreword by The Duke of Devonshire


The garden design firm SMI Landscape Architecture is known for its estate masterplanning, its public gardens and streetscapes, and its thoughtful private gardens for clients across the United States and in the Bahamas. The firm’s philosophy incorporates a ‘botanical garden’ approach with exotic planting and elements of classical European design to create beautiful, usable spaces. This new book examines three recent private gardens in great detail, two in Florida and one in Scarsdale, New York. Practical information about the design approach and details of the planting are combined with an account by Jorge Sánchez – a principal partner of SMI – of the process behind each garden, his relationship with the client and the reasons for his decisions. Sánchez’s insights give a strong sense of participation – with the climate, with the local flora, with the clients and with other designers, whether sculptors, architects or interior designers. To be part of such collaborative efforts is hugely satisfying for Sánchez, as is producing the best possible garden for each set of clients. With specially commissioned photography throughout, this handsome book will appeal to all garden lovers, as well as to design aficionados seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process behind making a garden, and to garden designers and horticultural students.


Offers a unique and personal insight into the craft of garden design and the work of the designer

Fully illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photography by Andre Baranowski

A sumptuous book for garden lovers everywhere

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Jorge Sánchez is a principal partner of SMI Landscape Architecture in Palm Beach, Florida, an award-winning firm with clients throughout the United States and the Bahamas. He is a member of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission and a director of the national Garden Conservancy.

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The inspirational and specially commissioned photography … perfectly illustrates the flow and formation of the intricate gardens

Pro Landscaper

Browse this book and you will be in gardener’s heaven. From front cover to back this book is a dream and a delight … wonderfully informative and very pleasant reading … The photography is … quite outstanding, a perfect accompaniment to the text and, along with the design plans, gives the reader a perfect insight and understanding of the designs and the gardens

Irish Garden Plant Society

As always with books from Merrell, the photography and design are outstanding, and there is much in here to inspire and inform designers working on projects of all sizes, although it will be especially useful for those tackling larger projects with many different areas and functions to consider

Garden Design Journal
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