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The Garden at Highgrove

By: The Prince of Wales and Candida Lycett Green

256 pages, 170 col photos

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #139610 | ISBN: 0297843346
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Hardback | Oct 2000 | #110942 | ISBN: 0297825445
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About this book

Describes the creation and changing nature of the garden at Highgrove, now mature and regarded as one of the great gardens of our time. Also features planting lists and information on the organic principles on which it is run.

Prince Charles is renowned for his views on organic gardening and his passion extends very firmly to his home, Highgrove, deep in the Gloucestershire countryside. A barren landscape bar the grandiose Cedar of Lebanon which initially caught the Prince's eye, it has, since 1980, been transformed by this remarkable, unassuming man into one of the greatest gardens of our time. In close consultation with designers such as Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, he has developed a garden that is an important part of Britain's heritage. Totally organically managed, Highgrove is a testament to the Prince's "green" beliefs and a wake-up call to all non-believers - a garden of Eden in the midst of a polluted world. This gloriously illustrated book is full of photographs by renowned photographers Andrew Lawson and Christopher Simon Sykes whose styles perfectly capture the essence of the place from the kitchen gardens to the woodland, the terraces to the wildflower meadows. Accompanied by the expert text of Candida Lycett Green, this is a fitting eulogy giving a readable and enjoyable picture of the thought, work and future hopes for Highgrove by the Prince and his gardeners. - Lucy Watson


The setting - the park, the house, views and alignments, avenue of limes, compost heap, sewage garden, Orchard Room; the view from the house - the Sundial Garden, terrace, Thyme Walk and Mediterranean Garden; the Cottage Garden - the pergola, box waves, Saville Garden, laurel tunnel and new Cottage Garden; Wildflower and Woodland Gardens - tulip walk, wildflower drive, meadow, fern corner, Woodland Garden, stumpery and beeches; arboretum and the Walled Garden - including the azalea walk and the greenhouses. Appendices: organic gardening at Highgrove; plant lists.

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In his previous book, The Prince of Wales described how he had spent eleven years turning his Cotswold estate into a model of environmentally benign farming and gardening. In this book he describes how his gardens have been conceived, developed and planted. Candida Lycett Green has published twelve books, and introduced and edited two volumes of her father, SIR JOHN BETJEMAN'S LETTERS. She has written and presented three television documentaries, including THE FRONT GARDEN and A COTTAGE IN THE COUNTRY. She is a commissioner for English Heritage and a contributing editor to VOGUE magazine. Candida Lycett Green has published thirteen books, including the bestselling THE GARDEN AT HIGHGROVE. She has written and presented television documentaries for BBC and Channel 4, including THE ENGLISHWOMAN AND THE HORSE, THE FRONT GARDEN and A COTTAGE IN THE COUNTRY. She is a Commissioner for English Heritage and a contributing editor to VOGUE magazine.

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