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English Gardens of the Twentieth Century: From the Archives of "Country Life"

Art / Photobook

By: T Richardson

224 pages, 200 col illus

Aurum Press

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #153882 | ISBN: 1845130715
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For over a century, Country Life has been an influential force in the world of garden design, chiefly as a result of its weekly articles on country houses and gardens illustrated with specially commissioned photography. The magazine's unrivalled archive of photographs is the key source for this comprehensive history of the changing styles of garden design during the twentieth century. Gertrude Jekyll was one of the first contributors and advisors to Country Life, and in her wake a succession of gardening and architectural editors has used its pages to champion a favoured garden style. Tim Richardson, himself a former gardens editor of the magazine, has drawn on this remarkable legacy to produce the first serious study of English garden design in the twentieth century. The story begins with Arts and Crafts gardens, typified by herbaceous borders and modern planting, and continues with the Edwardian debate between formality and 'wild' gardening, interwar grandeur, post-war practicality, and finally the emergence of visionary and pioneering artists' gardens.

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Tim Richardson, formerly gardens editor of Country Life, is a garden historian specialising in 18th century, 20th century and contemporary gardens. He was the founding editor of New Eden, the award-winning modern gardens magazine. His much-praised history of confectionery, Sweets: A History of Temptation, was published in paperback by Bantam in spring 2004.

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