The Gardens of Russell and Lauren Fuchs

with Photographs by Philip Trager


For those who love gardening as much as they love photography, a lavish new publication is a true 'must have.'


In BIRDSONG, the acclaimed photographer Philip Trager trains his eye on an extraordinary garden as it metamorphoses over four seasons. Trager's track record is impressive: four of his thirteen books have been selected for the annual holiday issues of The New York Times Book Review. His books have been named among the year's Best Books by Vanity Fair, The Times of London and others. 

This exquisite book illuminates the variety and complexity of one year in the life of Birdsong, an 18-acre garden in Fairfield, Connecticut. Trager's vision captures the turbo-charged beauty of spring and also the quiet moments that true gardeners savor — the fuchsia-colored hollyhock of summer, for instance, or the row of burlap covered topiary in winter.

Never published before, the garden is the life's work of Russell Fuchs, a native New Yorker and self-trained gardening enthusiast. Since 2001, Fuchs has orchestrated the creation of a compound of dizzying variety and complexity, with a great lawn, grand allée, orchard, woodland, working farm, greenhouse, and host of specialized gardens.

In the essay Fuchs contributes to BIRDSONG, he eloquently describes his total immersion in gardening and the almost spiritual dimension he experiences from living so close to perpetual growth and change.

BIRDSONG sets a new production standard for photography books on gardens. Beautifully designed and issued in an edition of 1,000, the clothbound publication of 119 color plates has been published by Laru Associates.

"…a stunning volume…images that are utterly compelling…”

– Fred Bernstein,

"This is a book about a private garden.. that I believe any designer would like to visit.  Who knows if it will ever be open for tours, but perhaps this book will persuade the owners to at least permit professionals to see it on occasion."

– Jane Berger, Garden Design Online

“It’s a masterful use of photographic color, which is so rare in photography….”

– John Loengard, Life Magazine Photographer and Picture Editor


Purchase the Book


Hardcover Clothbound | 16 x 11.5 in.

119 Color Plates | 168 Pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-89370-8

Price: $80.00


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