384 pages, colour photos
Explores the English garden and captures its extraordinary richness and diversity. Focusing on gardens that are open to visitors, the author explains the historical trends and the work of garden makers of the past that have shaped the English gardens we see today. With a wealth of outstanding examples, illustrated with 350 photographs, she describes many garden styles - formality, the landscape tradition, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage garden and recent phenomena such as New Naturalism. Colour, water, ornament and foreign influences are among the themes she considers, as well as such defining characteristics as the very English urge to grow flowers and the nation's love of roses.
Buchan has done a brilliant job in boxing and coaxing the vast sweep of English garden history into an engaging narrative. -- Anna Pavord Independent This immaculately produced survey of the country's most beautiful gardens is armchair garden-visiting at its best. Sunday Telegraph Captures the essential delight of the English garden in its now myriad forms ... for anyone planning a gardening tour of England, this book would be invaluable. Washington Post A beautiful milestone of a book ... an excellent capture of the English garden at the turn of the 21st century. Old House Interiors
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