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The Garden of Ignorance: The Experiences of a Woman in a Garden

Biography / MemoirComing Soon

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

By: Marion Cran (Author)

328 pages, 15 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2016 | #221856 | ISBN-13: 9781108076593
Available for pre-order: Due Oct 2016 Details
NHBS Price: £22.99 $28/€26 approx

About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Marion Cran (1875–1942), born in South Africa, passed most of her life in England, and, from 1910 until her death, lived and gardened in a house called 'Coggers' near Benenden in Kent. She was a prolific writer of books and articles on gardening, and was the first radio broadcaster on gardening in Britain. This 1913 work combines prescriptive gardening advice with autobiography. She admits that, although she had longed to live in the country, 'I knew nothing at all of gardening; never did anyone know less.' When she first arrived at the 'rented three shaggy acres of ground in Surrey' in which she made her first garden, it took her some time to decide to tame the wilderness. In an entertaining narrative, she describes her journey from ignorance of plants themselves, soil types and manures, planting aspects and pruning regimes, to hands-on expertise and wild enthusiasm.


1. On gardens
2. Borders
3. Colour schemes
4. The dovecote
5. The rose garden
6. Herbs and the sundial
7. Cats
8. Lawns
9. Garden hobbies and week-end guests
10. The children's garden


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