What Makes a Garden

Building on her first book, Jinny Blom shares a broader idea of how she thinks about garden design.

Jinny Blom What Makes Garden Book cover

In great detail, Blom takes you through her multi-disciplinary approach, embracing architecture, conservation and art, coupled with a strong holistic thread. Not intended as a book of rules, rather a way of thinking about garden design and making sure it responds to the particularities of place, the culture and the demands of the client. Drawing on her work and experience over the last 20 years or so, the book gets to the heart of what people want and need from a garden and what makes it different from a natural landscape. Reflecting Jinny‘s highly individual approach to garden design, the book is filled with warmth and character alongside her expert knowledge. With a broad appeal, this beautiful book is for all garden lovers: thoughtful yet practical and informative, it marries artistry with functionality.

Described by Piet Oudolf as ‘The most romantic, creative person in garden design I know‘, Jinny Blom is a leading and award garden designer. She works on a wide range of projects and has designed hundreds of gardens all over the world. Blom has designed four award-winning gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and was awarded the coveted gold medal in 2007; along with silver-gilts in 2002 (for her ‘Healing Garden’ developed in collaboration with The Prince of Wales); in 2006 (for Laurent-Perrier); and in 2013 (for her creation commissioned by Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale).

What Makes a Garden: A considered approach to garden design, published by Francis Lincoln will be released on October 19th, 2023.