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New in the Shop: Pleasant Place #5 — Mien Ruys

10th July 2024

Newly stocked in our Bandcamp shop: Issue #5 of Pleasant Place magazine, which focuses on the pioneering modernist gardener Mien Ruys.

Dutch landscape and garden architect Mien Ruys (1904–1999) was born into a horticultural family in Overijssel, where her father owned an internationally renowned plant nursery. Her immersion in planting and gardens from a young age contributed to a lifelong passion. Ruys received formal education as a garden designer and became actively involved in the modernist movement, in particular its unifying philosophy of good design for all. Along with names such as Piet Oudolf, she is considered a pioneer in the New Perennial Movement. This issue of Pleasant Place is dedicated to her legacy, with extensive biographical information, garden designs, personal accounts, and more.

With previous issues on the subjects of enclosures, nasturtiums, compost and artichokes, Pleasant Place is a growing collection of publications about the art of gardening. Pleasant Place informs and inspires by offering both practical and in-depth information as well as unexpected approaches to everyday garden tasks and garden design. Through collaborations with experts and artists, Pleasant Place caters both to those who grow gardens and those who imagine them.

Buy your copy here (£12).