I would like to thank John Dixon Hunt for encouraging me to write this book, and also Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Christopher Woodward and Chris Young for their long-term support of the garden, and helping to make it better known. The Devon Gardens Trust has consistently and sympathetically furthered the garden’s interests as well. Neil Hepworth, Andrew Lawson and Jo Whitworth have been very generous in allowing me to use their photographs in this book without a fee. My friends have been unfailingly understanding – and long-suffering – in following the development of the garden through all its metamorphoses and vicissitudes. They have known when to hearten, and when to console, me, and when to leave me well alone! They will understand that I cannot mention them all here. The companionship of Caroline Villers and Robert McNab, and their children Maro, Alexander and Sophia, has nonetheless been indispensable. In Devon, Kim Auston, Azzie and Derek Partridge, and Richard Pitts have been abiding, good-humoured, and sometimes baffl ed, friends of both me and the garden since its earliest days. Jeremy and Rosemary Jessel, Susan Michie and the late John Hubbard have, each in their own way, sustained me by recognizing the artistic bias of the garden. In Virginia, Carole George has been the garden’s uniquely attentive ally. My late sister Clare, on the other hand, while intrigued, was variously sceptical about the enterprise – as my parents might have been – but I loved her for it. My gratitude to my other sister, Tin, and my nephew, Thomas, for making me and the garden an inseparable part of their lives, is incalculable. The debt I owe to Nicholas Sloan, and, above all, Cyril Harris, my two collaborators in the making of the garden, will become clear in the text. Finally, I am exceptionally grateful to Robert Dalrymple for his lucid and sympathetic design of On Psyche’s Lawn, and to Jo Christian and the team at Pimpernel Press. ACF
Visiting Plaz Metaxu Although the garden is not generally open to the public, visits by either groups or individuals can be arranged by request.