The English Garden

DRAWING The Line

In the heart of the Norfolk countryside, among gently undulating expanses of wide open fields and stands of mature woodland sits an unlikely fusion of farm and formality. This is the home of renowned garden designer and historian, George Carter.

“It’s the absolute antidote to the English picturesque aesthetic. I try to look at the landscape without that picturesque lens.”

To those who know his work, his garden will come as no surprise, steeped as it is in the baroque style of the Dutch and Italian gardens of the 17th century. “It’s the absolute antidote to the English picturesque aesthetic, to the landscape gardens of Capability Brown and Repton,” he explains with a smile. “I’m not rejecting it, but I try to think

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