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CONTENTS

8 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 9 PREFACE 10 FOREWORD 12 INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: ON MY WAY 16 1 HISTORY & INFLUENCES 17 Early years and family (1933–56) 19 Seeing the landscape 24 Back in Britain 25 Starting my education 26 London: Brenda and Sylvia (1956–60) 30 2 JOURNALISM, EXHIBITION GARDENS

& CHELSEA – THE 1960S AND 1970S 31 Architectural Design magazine (1960–64) 33 Chelsea Flower Shows 45 Writing 46 3 PRIVATE PRACTICE, THE GRID, TEACHING 47 Private practice (1963–76) 47 The grid 48 Teaching 50 Early private gardens 50 Kensington 52 South Kensington 53 Primrose Hill, North London 54 Kensington High Street 56 Early public gardens 56 Penguin Books (1964) 58 Bryanston Square (1965) 58 St Peter’s College, Oxford (1967) 60 Fitzroy Square (1972) 61 Inchbald School of Design (1974–77) 62 4 A WORD ABOUT MODERNISM 63 The advent of modernism 63 Modernism and art 65 Modernism and architecture 68 Modernism and the landscape 71 The development of the modernist garden 74 The maturing of a modernist garden designer 74 A few of my ‘modernist’ gardens 78 5 IRAN (1977–80) 79 Teaching interior design in Tehran 83 Studying Islamic gardens 84 Return to Iran (2011) 90 6 KASHMIR (1980) 92 The Shalimar Bagh 94 Indian gardens 96 7 HOMECOMING (1980) 97 Denmans (1980) 98 Clock House School of Garden Design

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