RHS Design Outdoors
Projects & Plans for a Stylish Garden
By Matthew Keightley
An inspirational sourcebook for all those who want a beautifully designed garden, curated by Chelsea Flower Show award-winner Matthew Keightley, with photography by celebrated garden photographer Marianne Majerus.
'Designer Matt Keightley's first book is a thing of beauty and a valuable source of design inspiration - a stylish guide to a stylish garden.' - Gardens Illustrated
Do you want your outdoor space to look as stylish and as well designed as your home? RHS Design Outdoors will give you the ideas and know-how you need to make that happen. Award-winning designer Matt Keightley has curated a collection of 35 gardens, created either by him or by other leading contemporary designers, that will provide the inspiration to transform your outdoor space. Gardeners features include award-winning designers Jo Thompson, Tom Stuart Smith, Tony Woods, Charlotte Rowe and Andrew Wilson. For each case study there is a detailed plan, information on the plants and materials used and a wealth of gorgeous photography by leading garden photographer Marianne Majerus.
The designs are organized into five categories: Showstoppers at Home - high-design concepts that are nonetheless achievable; Family-friendly - gardens that incorporate play areas and socialising; Minimalist - spaces with larger areas of hard landscaping and bold, restrained planting; Plants First - gardens where more than half of the outdoor space is planted; and Other Spaces - roof terraces, basement areas and front gardens. This wide array of garden styles means that there is inspiration for all types of garden, and for all types of gardener.
Matt Keightley is an award-winning garden designer with more than 12 years' experience in the landscaping industry and a reputation as one of the UK's most exciting young garden designers.
He made waves within the landscaping industry in 2014 when, as a debutant at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he was awarded the RHS Silver-Gilt Medal and the highly acclaimed BBC People's Choice Award for his 'Help for Heroes' show garden, dedicated to the wounded men and women of the armed forces. One year later he was back at Chelsea, this time working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentebale. Matt's 'Hope in Vulnerability' show garden earned him another Silver-Gilt Medal and the BBC People's Choice Award for the second year running. In 2017, he was appointed to design an RHS/BBC Radio 2 garden for Chelsea with presenter Jeremy Vine. A contemporary space designed around the sense of touch, this immersive, tactile garden featured bold geometric forms juxtaposed with a soft, elegant planting palette. In 2018 he was back at Chelsea with his RHS Feel Good Garden and is now designing a health and wellbeing-themed garden at RHS Garden Wisley.
Matt is now working on projects in the UK and Germany. His personable character and extensive horticultural knowledge ensure that he is a regular guest presenter and speaker at various garden design events and seminars.
Marianne Majerus is one of the world's finest garden photographers. Born in Luxembourg and based in London, she is a regular contributor to many international publications, including House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated, RHS The Garden and The Wall Street Journal. She has illustrated in excess of 50 books, including, for Mitchell Beazley, RHS The Urban Gardener and Garden Design: A Book of Ideas. Marianne has won numerous awards for her work, including International Garden Photographer of the Year 2010 and Garden Media Guild Features Photographer of the Year 2013.
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04 Apr 2019
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