Clive Nichols (Clearview Books)

Some people have a special talent for growing gardens. Clive Nichols has an uncanny talent for photographing them. The English garden photographer (who MILIEU has featured in numerous issues) takes us here into gardens throughout his native England, ones designed both by experts such as Julian and Isabel Bannerman, Bonnie Lamont, Patrice Travella, and Piet Oudolf, as well as those by up-and-coming designers that include Mat Reese, Anthony Paul, and Julianne Fernandez. In revealing these gardens in the way that only Nichols is able, readers come away not only inspired by the plantings, but also with new skills about how to apply such techniques to their own gardens.