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Russell Page (1906 - 1985)

Image of Russell PageRussell Page is a painter and garden designer and considered to be the foremost landscape architect of his time. Russell page throughout is life, enriched the culture and physical landscape. Russell was know to be unique, because Russell projects were so diverse and his understanding of empathy and traditions of European gardening and Islamic gardens was very comprehensive along with his extensive knowledge and use of trees and plants. Russell Page worked in France from 1945 to 1962 on various commissions in Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Russell designed various gardens like small cottage, town gardens, public projects, and he also landscaped many corporate gardens. Russell Page passion for plants led to a career as a professional garden designer in 1928 before this he studied at the Slade School of Art in London and Paris.

The essence of Russell Page is best captured in his own words :- "Whether I am making a landscape or a garden or arranging a window-box I first address the problem as an artist composing a picture ; my pre-occupation is with the relationship between objects whether I am dealing with woods, fields or water, rocks or trees, shrubs and plants or groups of plants." He also commented on Gardens "there was one thing you cannot change and that is the owner" - I do not imagine that owners always liked his designs.

Russell Page Contribution's

Russell Page designed various gardens across the world.Russell Page partnership with Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1935, did not go well because of the Financial reasons but they became good friends. Few of Landscape Designes are
  • Giardini della Landriana, Torre San Lorenzo Italy: A well planted Arts and Crafts garden designed by Russell Page and the Marchesa Lavinia Taverna.
  • US National Arboretum Garden, Washington: In the center of the arboretum is a composition of sandstone columns by Russell Page.
  • San Liberato Garden, Bracciano Italy: An Arts and Crafts garden designed by Russell Page and the Countess Maria Odescalchi.
  • Caveman Restaurant, Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset, England: The Restaurant, at the entrance to the Cheddar Caves, is flourishing.
  • Badminton Park, Badminton, Somerset, England: A great park, made by the Duke of Somerset. There is also a private garden, designed by Russell Page.
  • Port Lympne Gardens, Kent, England: The garden was rescued by a new owner, John Aspinall, with advice from Russell Page. There is a monumental stairway, a lily pool, a Magnolia walk, a Chess garden, a series of terraces, herbaceous borders and bedding.
  • Donald M Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo: A classic corporate headquarters with a garden by Russell Page and a collection of modern sculpture.

Books of Russell Page

  • The Education of a Gardener: This book was published in 1962. It is know as a fount of wisdom on plants and it is also described as a authoritative book on Garden Designers.
  • The Gardens of Russell Page:This book covers career of Russell Page. It covers the most magnificent gardens of Russell Page. This book has 250 full-color, stunning photographs capture the essence of Page's work.

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