Percy Cane

(1881—1976) garden designer and writer

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(1881–1976), English garden designer practising in a simplified form of Arts and Crafts style. Arthur Hellyer summed up the two characteristic features of his work: ‘a mainly classical use of stonework … the other, for want of a better term, I call the slightly formalised woodland glade.’ Among gardens that open to the public his work may be seen at Dartington Hall and Falkland Palace. At the first he laid out dramatic but subtle flights of steps, with bold associated planting, for an ancient terraced garden. At Falkland, for the historic setting of a Scottish royal palace, he designed a great border and a series of island beds. Cane was a very successful professional designer, winning many medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, and securing prestigious commissions (such as designing gardens for the Emperor Haile Selassie at the palace in Addis Ababa). He was a designer who planned bold effects and those that have survived have very much stood the test of time.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

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