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Dartington Hall - One Endless Garden
Dartington Hall - One Endless Garden


 
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Dartington Hall - One Endless Garden

The photographs of Carol Ballenger, with quotes from Dorothy Elmhirst's Garden Notebook.

In its magnificent setting just above the tidal reaches of the River Dart in Devon, Dartington Hall dates back to the fourteenth century and its landscapes have been used and shaped for generations. In 1925 Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst acquired the neglected house and garden, and with considerable resources they were able to put their ideas for social and rural regeneration into practise - an endeavour they called "The English Experiment". The photographs in this book are the result of many years exploring this inspiring landscape and reflect the ethos of the place as embraced by the Elmhirsts, the founders of the modern Dartington.

"Carol Ballenger's enchanting photographs are evocative, contemplative and sensuous. She has been able to portray the different moods and seasons of Dartington Hall Gardens in a way that fields, forests and flowers come to life" - Satish Kumar

"Carol Ballenger has a remarkable eye for what conveys the essence of the place" - Graham Hardman, Japanese Garden Society, UK.

"A true artist with an enviable talent for capturing those special transient moments within her photography: a leafy pattern on a wet stone; a knotty root breaking the moss; or moody views floating above and beyond arable fields - all these capture the moment and hint at so much more." - Graham A. Gammin, former Dartington Grounds & Gardens Manager


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