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Christopher Lloyd

by Stephen Anderton

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PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9781845950965
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This enjoyable and revealing book - the first biography of Christo - is also the story of Dixter from 1910 to 2006, a unique unbroken history of one English house and one English garden spanning a century.
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  • Paperback
    $33.82
PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9781845950965
ANNOTATION:
This enjoyable and revealing book - the first biography of Christo - is also the story of Dixter from 1910 to 2006, a unique unbroken history of one English house and one English garden spanning a century.

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This enjoyable and revealing book - the first biography of Christo - is also the story of Dixter from 1910 to 2006, a unique unbroken history of one English house and one English garden spanning a century.

Publisher Description

Christopher Lloyd was one of the finest of all English gardeners - ranked alongside Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West. His creation is the garden at Great Dixter in Sussex, and it is a tribute to his vision and achievement that, after his death in 2006, the Heritage lottery fund made a grant of o4m. to preserve it for the nation. It was Christo's father who in 1910 bought the medieval manor house at Dixter and called in Lutyens to renovate it. Apart from school, War-service and a period teaching in a horticultural college, Christo spent his whole life at Dixter, creating the garden, writing his seminal books (on clematis and planting and meadow flowers and all manner of gardening ideas) and his argumentative gardening columns in the Guardian. This fascinating book reveals what made Christo tick by examining his relationship with his mother (known as The Management, she was a formidable presence at Dixter), his friends (including Beth Chatto with whom he exchanged 1,000s of frank lette

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Christopher Lloyd (Christo) was one of the greatest English gardeners of the twentieth century; perhaps the finest plantsman of them all. His creation is the garden at Great Dixter in East Sussex, and it is a tribute to his vision and achievement that, after his death in 2006, the Heritage Lottery Fund made a grant of 4 million to help preserve it for the nation. This book is also the story of Dixter from 1910 to 2006, a unique, unbroken history of one English house and garden spanning a century. It was Christo's father, Nathaniel, who bought the medieval manor at Dixter and called in the fashionable Edwardian architect, Edwin Lutyens, to rebuild the house and lay out the garden. And it was his mother, Daisy, who made the first wild garden in the meadows there. Christo was born at Dixter in 1921, and apart from boarding school, university and war service, he spent his whole life there, all 85 years of it, constantly re-planting and enriching the garden, while turning out landmark books and stimulating journalism. Opinionated, argumentative and gloriously eccentric, he changed the face of English gardening through his passions for dazzling colours and diligent husbandry, whether in his 300-foot border or his meadow garden. It is with sensitivity and humour that Christo's biographer, Stephen Anderton, relates how Christo never married but went on to forge deep friendships with young people, and how his love affair with Dixter and family led him to create perhaps the greatest and most admired garden of the last hundred years. 'A compelling read - every bit as colourful as its subject and a moving tribute to one of the greatest gardeners of all time.' Alan Titchmarsh 'Christopher Lloyd was already a legend in his lifetime, and this intimate biography adds vivid colour as provocative and challenging as the eye-widening combinations in Christopher's borders.' Beth Chatto 'A celebration of one of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century.' Sunday Telegraph 'Christopher Lloyd's reputation...is underscored in Anderton's affectionate biography of a shy, irascible man who applied a modern sensibility and a personal genius to gardening.' The Times 'Incisive... A maelstrom of talent and inhibition, conservatism and radicalism, rudeness and affection.' Mail on Sunday

Author Biography

Stephen Anderton, who knew Christopher Lloyd well for over twenty years, is a gardening writer whose books include Rejuvenating a Garden, Urban Sanctuaries and Discovering Welsh Gardens. He is gardening correspondent of The Times and formerly National Gardens Manager for English Heritage. Stephen Anderton has had access for the first time to Christo's chaotic, 100-year archive of papers relating to the house, garden and family.

Review

"Christopher Lloyd was already a legend in his lifetime, and this intimate biography adds vivid colour as provocative and challenging as the eye-widening combinations in Christopher's borders. This portrait is so alive, so evocative of his vitality, 'naughtiness' and untold generosity, that it hurts to be reminded of what we have lost." -- Beth Chatto "[Christopher Lloyd's] reputation as the finest plantsman of the 20th century is underscored in Anderton's affectionate biography of a shy, irascible man who applied a modern sensibility and a personal genius to gardening" -- Iain Finlayson The Times "An unputdownable autobiography" -- Victoria Summerley Independent "A rollicking and compulsive read. Anderton's writing is lithe and perky, especially when it comes to the Lloyd family foibles and dysfunctions. His words dance around these with feline agility." thinkinggardens.co.uk "Stephen Anderton is a clever and witty writer and well known for his lively take on gardening" -- Mary Keen Daily Telegraph

Review Text

Christopher Lloyd was already a legend in his lifetime, and this intimate biography adds vivid colour as provocative and challenging as the eye-widening combinations in Christopher's borders. This portrait is so alive, so evocative of his vitality, 'naughtiness' and untold generosity, that it hurts to be reminded of what we have lost.

Promotional "Headline"

Enjoyable and revealing biography of the gloriously eccentric and opinionated gardener and writer, Christopher Lloyd ('Christo'), who created the garden at Dixter in East Sussex. One of the greatest English gardneners of the 20th century, Christo was probably the finest plantsman of them all.

Product Details

Author
Stephen Anderton
Year
2011
ISBN-10
1845950968
ISBN-13
9781845950965
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2011-03-03
Subtitle
His Life at Great Dixter
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
Media
Book
Pages
256
Short Title
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD
Language
English
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Audience
General/Trade