Landscape of Dreams

Landscape of Dreams

The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman

Celebrates, in the Bannerman’s inimitable, evocative, humorous and highly personal style, the imaginative and practical process of designing, making and planting their stunning gardens

Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been described as ‘mavericks in the grand manner, touched by genius’ (Min Hogg, World of Interiors) and ‘the Bonnie and Clyde of garden design’ (Ruth Guilding, The Bible of British Taste). Their approach to design, while rooted in history and the classical tradition, is fresh, eclectic and surprising. Designers to the highest in the land, they have made gardens for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor, the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk at Arundel Castle in Sussex, John Paul Getty II at Wormsley in Buckinghamshire, the great walled garden at Houghton, home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, and they designed the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York.

‘Their work of grand architectural gestures, of mock ruins and oaken temples has made them famous. But it is the houses and gardens they have made for themselves that … eclipse any of these aristocratic delights’ (Mary Keen, Daily Telegraph). Their garden at Hanham Court near Bath was acclaimed by Gardens Illustrated as the top garden of 2009, ahead of Sissinghurst. When they moved from Hanham it was to the fairytale castle of Trematon overlooking Plymouth Sound, where they have created yet another magical garden.

Landscape of Dreams celebrates, in the Bannerman’s inimitable, evocative, humorous and highly personal style, the imaginative and practical process of designing, making and planting all of these gardens, and many more.

Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been designing gardens and garden buildings together since 1983.  They have won many competitions including an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal.

“Successes and failures are happily mulled over, giving real insight into the process that is large scale garden design.”


“The Bannermans’ designs combine monumentality with carefully balanced humour and it’s a pleasure to learn how they come to fruition.”

The Garden

"This lavish book is a portal into a delightful escapist dreamworld.


"We may live in a digital age but still there’s nothing quite like the enduring pleasures of a real gardening book. Among the best of this year’s crop is Landscape of Dreams, a lushly illustrated, beautifully-penned and instructive account of the work of this well-known UK garden design duo."

Irish Times Fionnuala Fallon

"Prince Charles has contributed a glowing introduction to their lavishly illustrated book, Landscape of Dreams...fascinating."

Sunday Times Ireland Jane Powers

"Nobody makes magic like designer duo Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who have created fabulous, fanciful gardens at Highgrove, Waddesdon Manor and Arundel Castle. The couple’s weighty book, Landscape of Dreams, chronicles these gardens and more, and makes inspiring reading."

Evening Standard 10 of the Best Christmas Gifts for Gardeners Pattie Barron

"I just gorged myself on this magnificent book. Utterly transporting. It’s the first gardening book I couldn’t put down."

Dominic West

"An amazing book from cover to beautiful cover...The descriptive writing is very compelling and fuels the imagination...It's a triumph and a revelation to the reader."

Sue Dickinson

"Isabel and Julian Bannerman have turned dreams to ethereal reality time and again. This is a glorious scrapbook-style story of some of their most notable works."

The English Garden

"An absolutely magical book. Such brilliant writing, vivid, engaged . . . this is a most potent record of true brilliance."

Anna Pavord

"Their style is very striking and fantastical...eye-opening browsing."

Evening Standard Best Gardening Books of 2016 David Sexton

"The Bannermans are artists but they can also write."

Spectator Ursula Buchan

"Weavers of garden fairy tales..."

Homes and Gardens

"This book, a personal account of the couple's key design projects, builds up a picture, both in words and images, of what this special touch involves."

Gardens Illustrated

"A beautifully illustrated and endearing part-biography, part-overview of the thinking behind their work..."

Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year Caroline Donald

"A sense of fairy tale defines all [the Bannermans’] projects . . . Included in this book are their projects large and small, from their 1994 Gold Medal winning Chelsea garden to the Highgrove stumpery . . . culminating in their own much loved gardens at Hanham Court and, most recently, Trematon Castle in Cornwall. Beautifully written by Isabel, the book reads like a diary, beginning in their childhoods...Designed by their friend Dunstan Baker, the book is illustrated with their own photographs and drawings, giving it a personal, intimate appeal."

House and Garden Clare Foster

"Character oozes through every pore of the book."

Country Life Tim Richardson

"Full of wonderful photographs - but do read the writing from the beginning: it's romantic, thoughtful and inspiring."

The Lady

"This glorious book is not only beautiful to look at, it is written in wonderfully descriptive language. I found my head filled with ideas as well as thoughts about what gardening is all about."

Reckless Gardener

"Gloriously illustrated...displays their touches of genius everywhere. The book is ostensibly about gardens, or garden designs, but it is so much more than that. It's about passion, vision, commitment and entertainment, and it's also a glorious celebration of England."

Tatler Sebastian Shakespeare

“A record of the grand scale gardens made by these two offbeat visionaries . . . a compelling read."

Telegraph Mary Keen

"Packed with sumptuous images of their quirky, stately and inventive British gardens which although largely grand are nonetheless really inspiring."

A Little Bird

'With Julian and Isabel there is a descent from the work of William Kent, the most brilliant and eccentric English designer of the late Baroque. 'Inside' and 'outside' are imagined as one continuous landscape of event and surprise: as theatre, in fact.'

Jasper Conran
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
Product Format
285 x 230
Publication Date
Oct 11, 2018
Number of Pages