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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Ursula Buchan is an award-winning garden journalist and author of more than twenty years' experience. She writes regularly on gardens for the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator and has published twelve books, including the best-selling RHS Garden Book (with David Stevens) and two collections of her journalism, Good in a Bed and Better Against a Wall. As well as being a distinguished garden photographer - he holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for photography - Andrew Lawson is a painter, a passionate and knowledgeable gardener, and the author of six successful books, including Plants for All Seasons and The Gardener's Book of Colour, both published by Frances Lincoln. His photographs have illustrated numerous books, among them titles by Rosemary Verey, Roy Strong and HRH The Prince of Wales. Recent books include Little Sparta (again published by Frances Lincoln).