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The Gardens of Wales

Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: Helena Attlee and Alex Ramsay
128 pages, Over 100 colour photographs
The Gardens of Wales
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  • The Gardens of Wales ISBN: 9780711228825 Hardback Mar 2009 Out of Print #179917
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The books in this series offer a general introduction capturing the essence of a national garden style and an outline of its history, followed by explorations of representative gardens, which allow the author to explain in more detail their character and nature.

This exploration of the gardens of Wales uncovers an exciting range of gardens, large and small, public and private, historic and contemporary, all over the country. Helena Attlee's lively text combines with Alex Ramsay's evocative photographs to convey a rich treasury waiting to be discovered.

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Helena Attlee has spent long periods in Italy and is steeped in that country's art and literature. She lectures widely on Italian gardens, conducts garden tours in Italy and took part in the National Geographic television series The Great Gardens of Italy. She contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Country Life, World of Interiors, Gardens Illustrated and House and Garden. She is the author of a number of books. Alex Ramsay's photographs have appeared in many books on gardens and landscapes.
Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: Helena Attlee and Alex Ramsay
128 pages, Over 100 colour photographs
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All you need to know about gardens in the principality, written in the lucid, sober style of the prolific Helena Attlee. Country Life Helena Attlee's The Gardens of Wales is the first book to bring a collection together between hard covers. She is a beguiling storyteller, and an eye for detail and historical accuracy make each of her chosen 27 gardens (beautifully photographed by her husband Alex Ramsay) irresistible. House & Garden This beautiful coffee table book includes great gardens to visit all over Wales. The pictures by Alex Ramsay are gorgeous and Helena Attlee's excellent text includes lots of information on the garden designers, history and planting. She is particularly interesting on all the hard work that has gone into restoring many of these gardens including one of fake rocks and grottoes, a Victoria fashion, that had been completely buried. A treat for active and armchair gardeners. Western Daily Press The lively text combines beautifully with the evocative photography of each site. If you're off to Wales on holiday, or previously visited some of the gardens featured then you'll find it a wonderful keepsake. Amateur Gardening Helena Atlee tells the reader exactly the right amount about each place's history and qualities, while Alex Ramsay's sensitive photographs offer both general views and lovely details. Historic Gardens Review Books about famous gardens are legion but Wales has been a relatively neglected area until now. For this bbeautifully illustrated book, Helena Atlee visits some of the best known gardens in the Principality including Plas Newydd, with its gorgeous Humphry Repton-designed beech-framed views and Erdigg where the garden is largely unaltered in centuries. But there are smaller lesser-known delights including dewstow (with its eccentric grottoes) and Llowes with its leeks and horse pond! Land & Business Covers more than two dozen of the very best Welsh gardens! Each garden is written up succinctly, and there are fascinating photographs. Irish Garden
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