Cultivating Wildness

Design and Planting Inspired by Nature

Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price

Cultivating Wildness

Award-winning garden designer Sarah Price is celebrated for her exquisite gardens that use nature as a starting point and Nigel Dunnett is an expert in ecological planting. Together, they planted the 2012 Olympic Park and wowed millions of visitors with spectacular wild flower meadows.

Using their pioneering work as examples, Nigel and Sarah show how to adapt patterns, textures, shapes and features in nature to make gardens of distinction that will be a constant and sustainable source of pleasure. Artist’s sketches explain how to adapt aspects of nature that you like into gardens and get from A to B. Lists of recommended plants and advice on companion planting enable you to build up plant colonies that fit the scene, thrive and evolve beautifully.

Nigel Dunnett’s innovative approaches to planting design revolutionised parks and public spaces. His Chelsea Flower Show gardens received great acclaim and he is a leading exponent of planting on green roofs, rain gardens and urban spaces. He is Professor of Planting Design and Vegetative Ecology at Sheffield University and lectures throughout the world.

Sarah Price shot to fame when she co-designed the Olympic Park for London 2012. Her training in Fine Art brings a painterly quality to her work. She is a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner and visiting lecturer at Sheffield University and KLC who is currently working on projects for private and public clients.

There is something distinctively different about the gardens designed by Sarah Price. Airy and ethereal in planting, painterly in concept and with an impact that is quietly impressive, her work feels like it is part of something new. GARDENS ILLUSTRATED