The Education of a Gardener, by Russell Page
“The late Russell Page, born in 1906, created gardens in England, continental Europe, and the United States and ranks among the giants of 20th-century design. His gardens were the epitome of style and sophistication, and like many a great artist, he strove, in the end, for simplicity. His single book is never out of reach on my desk.”
Recommended by Dean Riddle, a landscape designer and the author of Out in the Garden: Growing a Beautiful Life ($18, used, abebooks.com).
To buy: $19, amazon.com.