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Cornish gardens have it all: dramatic natural settings in coast or combe, a wet and mild climate yielding exotic and extravagant plant growth, an indefinable quality of foreignness. Antony has a magnificent early eighteenth-century house in an equally fine natural setting, Glendurgan is the repository of a plant-collecting dynasty who have lived there since the 1820s, while the beautifully restored Heligan retains all the charm of its Victorian heyday. Caerhays boasts an unrivalled collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. Contemporary gardens like the vertiginous jungle encasing Lamorran House, Barbara Hepworth's sculpture garden and the ambitious landscape taking shape at Tremenheere, not to mention the world-famous Eden Project, are proof positive that Cornish gardens continue to be both generic and unique. Above all, as backdrop to these spectacular places, there is the sea.
Katherine Lambert is a distinguished and prolific garden writer and editor. She has worked on the Good Gardens Guide since 1996 and has been Joint Editor since 2004. She helped to edit Rosemary Verey's The Garden in Winter, was co-editor with her of The American Man's Garden and Secret Gardens, is author of Hell with a Capital H, the story of six survivors of Scott's last expedition (Pimlico, 2002). She is currently working on a book combining gastronomy and early Victorian social history.
Alex Ramsay is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales.
"This lovely book will make any garden enthusiast eager to plan a trip out west."
- Good Book Guide
"A Good Read. Well-written travelogue featuring 23 gardens, large and small."
- Oxford Times
"Gardens of Cornwall is packed with stunning photographs revealing the gardens at their very best and with informative passages regarding the creators, past and present, of these beautiful gardens and estates, we are sorely tempted to take our own journey around these treasures [...] buy the book, you will be inspired!"
- St Ives Times & Echo
"An armchair tour of some of the great Cornish gardens and historic estates."
- BBC Gardens Illustrated
"Many of Cornwall's most impressive gardens are on the coast. This beautifully shot book chronicles the best, including Tresco, Trebah, St Michael's Mount, and Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture Garden in St Ives."
"This book is as luscious and beautiful as the gardens it portrays."
- West Briton
"It is safe to assume that Katherine's words and Alex's photos will encourage you to soon start your journey around Cornwall's garden treasures."
- Cornwall Life
"A great starting point to the county's horticultural splendour."
- Independent on Sunday
"An intriguing tour of Cornwall's gardens, with Alex Ramsay's superb photographs revealing the gardens in all their splendour."
- Western Morning News