The most beautiful photographs of snowy gardens gathered in a book

The first snow has fallen. Like cotton, it spans the world, and for a short time time seems to have stood still. The trees rise up, gnarled and stubborn to the sky, as the snowflakes slowly settle on their branches. Such is the mood captured in Winter Gardens, the new book by British photographer Andrew Montgomery and author Clare Foster.

The Dan Pearsons Hillside Garden in Somerset takes on its winter colors.

© Andrew Montgomery

Gardens in winter: another world

The texts were written by author Clare Foster, and alongside the photographs with such a special atmosphere, they take on a taste of the marvelous. On 320 pages are revealed these gardens, meadows and forests, each more beautiful than the next in winter. Invariable, wild and mystical, these winter landscapes tell us their mysterious history.

Glimpse into the illustrated book Winter Gardens by Andrew Montgomery Twilight Fog Darkness.

Twilight, fog and darkness. The dreaded English fog plunges this hillock into a wan light.

© Andrew Montgomery

Nature and the elements

It is through essays and interviews that Clare Foster examines the design, history and plantings of each garden featured. The book lists a total of twelve contrasting sites, some designed by famous designers such as Arne Maynard, Jinny Blom, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith. Through his photographs, Andrew Montgomery highlights the shapes and structures of nature and celebrates the silent force of winter.

The book was self-published by Montgomery Press, www.Montgomerypress.co.uk

Impressions from the picture book winter gardens by Andrew Montgomery

Frozen thistles in winter.

© Andrew Montgomery

Row like tin soldiers in autumn clothes in the Broughton Grange Garden Oxfordshire designed by ...

Row like tin soldiers: trees in autumn clothes in the Broughton Grange Garden, Oxfordshire, designed by Tom Stuart Smith.

© Andrew Montgomery

Sculptural-looking feathered plants in the Great Dixter Garden East Sussex designed by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus ...

Sculptural-looking withered plants in the Great Dixter Garden, East Sussex, designed by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garett.

© Andrew Montgomery

A still life from the Hummelo Dutch Garden designed by Piet Oudolf.

A still life from the Hummelo Dutch Garden designed by Piet Oudolf.

© Andrew Montgomery

The ruins in the background are reminiscent of a winter landscape by Caspar David Friedrich.

The ruins in the background are reminiscent of a winter landscape by Caspar David Friedrich.

© Andrew Montgomery

Contrast patterns in black and white alternate with color photos of a wintry pallor.

Contrasting patterns in black and white alternate with color photos of a wintry pallor.

© Andrew Montgomery

The snow flies on the slope with the wind.  Plas Brondanw Garden in Gwynedd Wales designed by Sir Clough ...

Blown by the wind, the snow flies down the slope. Plas Brondanw Garden in Gwynedd, Wales, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

© Andrew Montgomery

© Andrew Montgomery

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