A favorite book of ours at The Quiet Botanist. This is the story of how Xa Tollemache re-created the garden at Helmingham Hall, in Suffolk - and became a renowned garden designer.
Xa Tollemache describes this book as "a story book, the tale of the love story between me and the garden at Helmingham." It is also a record of her career as a garden designer, exemplified by a range of gardens where she has worked: from her first Chelsea Flower Show garden ('I was described as "just an amateur", which was true - but I did get a Gold Medal!') by way of country and town gardens large and small, seaside gardens, historic gardens such as the Cloister Garden at Wilton House in Wiltshire, to the Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex.
A perfect coffee table stable.