360 pages, Col photos, col illus, b/w illus
Shows how the English gardens of each period reflect political, social and cultural life, architecture, clothes and manners, and how ideas and plants from other continents were embraced to form the art of English garden making. Illustrated with illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, paintings, drawings and photographs.
The English are known throughout the horticultural world as being passionate about their gardens. English gardens are emulated across the globe and are regarded as being the ideal "garden". Indeed even our wet summers are envied for its ability to bring out the best in our gardens - lush, luxuriant, flowering growth. But from where does this peculiarly English love affair originate? Acclaimed historical garden restorer and writer, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, looks back over 1000 years, tracing the gardens development from Medieval hortus conclusus, enclosed gardens, through to embracing the surrounding countryside in Repton and Brown's rolling landscapes of the 1800s, back to today's desire for hortus conclusus once again. Written intelligently and knowledgeably, accompanied by a selection of poetry, diary extracts and historical memoirs, it is a fascinating illustrated history of our horticultural heritage. - Lucy Watson
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