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About me

I’m a British landscape historian, based in New Delhi. Before arriving here, I studied landscape design and history at Harvard, completed a Masters in garden design at the Inchbald School in London, and spent five wonderful years living and working in Paris. My first book was published by the MIT Press on a historic landscape in Massachusetts, and now I research and write on parks and gardens, do some translation work for a big heritage organisation, lecture and lead guided history walks, and spend as much time as I can visiting interesting landscapes and historical archives.

A splendid fellow blogger at Jean’s Garden was kind enough to choose this as one of her blogs of the month when I wrote about Paris landscapes, and captured my aspirations better than I would have dared myself:

Landscape Lover’s Blog weaves together garden visits, garden history, and the philosophy of landscape design. Many of her posts focus on parks and gardens in Paris and its environs. These range from the large and well-known (Giverny, Versailles, the Tuileries) to a tiny garden tucked in beside a church or window-box gardens outside Paris apartments. Whether the garden is large or small, well-known or obscure, most posts combine descriptions of plants and garden features with discussions of landscape history or political issues or design philosophy. A recent post (Sex and Death in the Garden), for example, questioned the garden design philosophy of “year round interest” in climates where a period of dormancy is part of the natural cycle. For those who are planning to visit Paris, this blog will provide useful information about gardens worth visiting and garden-related events. For others, this blog can provide a virtual holiday in a beautiful city. But Landscape Lover’s Blog is about more than Paris; this is a blog for anyone who likes to think about gardens, their place in human experience, and larger issues of garden and landscape design.

Unless otherwise indicated, all the comments and photographs here are mine.  If you’d like to reproduce any of them, please just contact me via my website.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the significance of the little animal mask that serves as my avatar, here’s the explanation.

25 comments on “About me

  1. susan pashman
    February 5, 2011

    Jill, I should have known this was you. Just found it and it looks wonderful. What a lot of work you’ve put into this. Congratualtions yet again. I just posted another note to you asking for recommendations of journals for essays that are philosophical. I have Design Research Papers but would love to find something in hard copy. Any ideas? Susan

  2. landscapelover
    February 9, 2011

    Susan, hi
    I’ve replied to your query on the other post where you’d asked it (Villette). Hope you find something suitable.

  3. Noel Kingsbury
    March 6, 2011

    I read your comment on my GGW blog re. India.
    I was wondering whether you had contacts there. You probably do, Do you know Penelope Hobhouse? As i think she still has quite a lot of useful contacts.
    Best wishes

    Noel

    • landscapelover
      March 7, 2011

      Noel,
      Many thanks for taking the time to comment. I’ll email you about India. Jill

  4. Krista Flock
    March 8, 2011

    Hi there!

    I’m the Social Media Manager for ServiceMagic.com and I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Next month I am re-launching the ServiceMagic Consumer Blog with a landscape campaign and I am wondering if you would like to participate.

    I think it would be cool to have a post detailing different types of landscaping from around the world or how to bring landscaping into urban areas.

    If you decide to write a blog post for us, we will credit you and link back to your blog. Last month we had just over 4,000 unique visitors, so it will be good exposure for you!

    If you’re interested, just email me at kflock@servicemagic.com and we can discuss more in detail.

    Thanks!

    Krista

  5. Jack Wagner
    March 30, 2011

    How do I get to follow your blog? I can not find a Follow tab to check? Jack

    • landscapelover
      March 30, 2011

      Jack, thanks for wanting to follow this blog.
      There’s an “email subscription” box towards the bottom of the right hand column, just under the picture of statues at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Perhaps I should give it a snappier title, or more prominent position!

  6. gardenmad
    March 30, 2011

    What a lovely blog! I’ve subscribed, as I’m coming to France in May on a 2 week garden tour, and I’m hoping to have a few “sneak peaks” before my arrival. It’s also pouring rain here today, so I’m escaping and dreaming about sunnier days! Thanks for the lift….

    • landscapelover
      March 30, 2011

      Thanks for subscribing. Hope you enjoy the garden tour; May is the perfect time to visit France.

  7. Megan
    May 6, 2011

    Hello,
    I came across your website and found it alluring and exciting. I am a big fan of design and beauty. If you could e-mail me back that would be great. I just had a couple questions.
    I look forward to hearing back from you soon! Have a great day.

  8. Rebecca
    May 17, 2011

    Hi,

    I just wanted to thank you for the comment you left on my blog about my photo. It was quite exciting to get my first comment!

    I tried to get the comment to show below the post, but am a novice to the blogging arena and hope to figure it out soon.

    You have a lovely blog. I will continue to follow you in your adventures in Paris.

    Rebecca

  9. Wendy
    June 3, 2011

    Hello… remember my Abyss? How do you feel about a meadow? Field of lilies? Field of irises? Field of sunflowers? Any other suggestions are appreciated. Your blog is wonderful…. I love reading it and seeing your photos. :-)

  10. Alex Bishop
    June 12, 2011

    I am glad I have found this blog. I have been to Paris many times and its always a busmans holiday for me to see parks and open spaces similar to the ones I have responsibility for in London. Keep spreading the word of dynamic landscapes and green places.

    • landscapelover
      June 13, 2011

      Alex, thanks for your messages on my blog. I am always delighted when professional gardeners take the time to visit and comment.

  11. Jon Kusko
    December 7, 2011

    Would like to chat with you about Dan Kiley for a minute.

  12. Rachel Bell
    February 14, 2012

    Dear Jill

    I am working on a series for British televison about French gardens and would love to be able to talk to you about possibly doing some informal (but paid!) consulting for the series. I understand you are currently in India but perhaps you could email me and we could talk if you have time?
    best wishes
    Rachel Bell

    • landscapelover
      February 15, 2012

      Rachel,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve sent you an email.
      Jill

  13. Don Statham
    September 10, 2013

    This is the site I have been looking for. Great!

  14. Mackenzie Kupfer
    September 13, 2013

    Hi Jill!

    I was wondering if you’d be willing to chat with me about accepting an article on the Boise Botanical Gardens if I wrote one for you. I’d be happy to send you some links to previous works so you can get to know me a little better! Let me know- I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks so much,
    Mackenzie

    • landscapelover
      September 14, 2013

      Mackenzie, thanks for the offer. I’ve sent you an email. LL

  15. Gulam Dastagir
    February 11, 2014

    Sir.. I shall be very grateful if you would provide me the email / contact of Mr. Ratish Nanda.. who is restoring history back to us. I am fascinated by the Nizamuddin Basti Initiative… which is amazing. It blends history with economics.. and changes the face and the lives of the people living around historic monuments… So he not only renovates monuments.. he renovates living lives.. Amazing.. Of course, due respect and salutations to HH The Aga Khan.. for providng the funds.. but which it wouldnt have worked.
    .

  16. No roar
    July 12, 2014

    I’m in Cape Breton. Lack of sound on all the boats makes incapable finding any country with any kind of landscape at all.

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