As the retrospective exhibit, “Education of a Garnder” at London’s Garden Museum draws nearer, T Magazine included a brief mention of Russell Page and the Museum’s show. The announcement is paired with a stunning work of art depicting Page’s Villa Silvio Pellico, in Turin, Italy — the stewards of which recently added their names to the many who are writing to our key decision makers, asking them to deny the Frick’s proposal to demolish the masterful Russell Page Viewing Garden at the Frick Collection.
By Rocky Casale
March 16, 2015
This spring, London’s Garden Museum is exhibiting the work of the landscape designer Russell Page, perhaps the leading horticultural talent of the 20th century, who was, by his own account, “the most famous garden designer no one has ever heard of.” A master of structuring nature with an architect’s eye, Page, whose clients included Marella Agnelli, Oscar de la Renta and Lady Bird Johnson, created mesmerizing green spaces with clipped shrubs, gleaming ponds and sweeping vistas. For the first time, his personal photographs, notes and unrealized designs have been brought together, shedding light on the passion and process of the late luminary.
“The Education of a Gardener” runs through June 21, gardenmuseum.org.uk
Illustration: A garden by Russell Page at Villa Silvio Pellico, in Turin, Italy; by Konstantin Kakanias.