272 pages, 200 illus
A survey of the great gardens of the world, presented through magnificent photographic images and the descriptions of legendary garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse. Here you will find the oases of the Middle East, the gardens of Chinese scholars, Japanese sages and Renaissance humanists, French baroque gardens, the English landscape garden of Capability Brown and his followers. Here too are the gardens of the great modern designers, among them Roberto Burle Marx, Fernando Caruncho, Dan Kiley, John Brookes and James van Sweden.
Penelope Hobhouse takes readers on a voyage through time, commencing with the utopian gardens of Persia and working through to the typical gardens of today. Who better to do it? ... This is a totally delectable book that will enthral anyone, whether their passion be gardens or photography. It will certainly be picked up time after time. -- John Flynn Another wonderful book from Northern Ireland's great gardening writer Penelope Hobhouse. This lovely tome would make a superb present, if you can bear to give it away. Scottish Sunday Herald
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Penelope Hobhouse is internationally renowned as a gardener, writer and garden designer. The author of many classic works including Colour in your Garden, Garden Style, Penelope Hobhouse On Gardening, and Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs (all published by Frances Lincoln), and Plants in Garden History, The Story of Gardening and Gardens of Persia.