Filbert Press

A Beautiful Obsession

We were commissioned by Filbert Press to design Jimi Blake and Noel Kingsbury’s new book A Beautiful Obsession: Jimi Blake’s World of Plants at Hunting Brook Gardens. The book walks readers through his unique gardens, borders, valley and meadow at Hunting Brook as well as his bold and creative plant selection and gardening style.

Our book cover design was inspired by the title and looked to show the obsessive nature of Jimi's plant collection. We commissioned and art-directed illustrator Hello Marine to come up with bold and beautiful section breakers and spot illustrations which ran throughout the book. This paired with a playful type and pull out pages allowed us to capture and bring to life Jimi's eclectic style to gardening (and shirts).

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“In his seventeen years at Huntingbrook Garden, Jimi Blake has cut a dash through the traditional herbaceous border, the shrub border, the woodland garden and is leading the way in Irish horticulture with his innovative approach to gardening, with his new plant trials and introductions but, most of all, in the manner in which he has made gardening such fun and such a joy.”

Paddy Tobin, Irish Garden Plant Society

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The eye-catching contemporary page design does much to contribute to the mood here, as do dozens of superb images of gardens themselves.

The English Garden Magazine

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