By: Todd Gray
256 pages, B/w illus
A reference guide to historical sources for over 200 Devon gardens, "Garden History of Devon "also provides an introduction for would-be garden historians on how to conduct garden research. The book is the result of an exploration of the archival resources of Devon's garden history, the objective being to provide signposts to research material for those interested in the development of Devon's gardens. Each entry begins with a brief section describing the garden's history, supplemented with quotations from contemporary travellers and diarists; following the descriptive sections are listings of documents, printed sources and illustrations relating to the garden. The greater part of this material is unknown to garden historians.
For anyone involved in researching historic parks and gardens a publication of this kind is both invaluable and a great rarity. Lucky Devon! The information contained in it is the kind that takes hours of painstaking trawling through record office indexes and catalogues to unearth. Todd Gray has done the sifting process for us and produced a short-cut to relevant archival, illustrated and published sources for the 226 parks and gardens listed......A wide range of users will find this book useful and fascinating, from those involved professionlly with historic parks and gardens to owners, local historians, or even media researchers in search of authenticity ....... The author has opened an Aladdin's cave of riches: let us hope that it is put to good use. -Landscape History
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