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The Wild Garden: or, Our Groves and Shrubberies Made Beautiful

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

By: William Robinson(Author)

250 pages, 1 b/w illustration

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2011 | #194149 | ISBN-13: 9781108037105
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

An Irish-born gardener and writer, William Robinson (1838-1935) travelled widely to study gardens and gardening in Europe and America. He founded a weekly illustrated periodical, The Garden, in 1871, which he owned until 1919, and published numerous books on different aspects of horticulture. His most famous book, The English Flower Garden (also reprinted in this series), was published in 1883, and fifteen editions were issued in his lifetime. The Wild Garden, published in 1870, attacks contemporary fashions in public parks and private gardens, which involved showy masses of colour in labour-intensive summer bedding, using mostly subtropical and exotic species. He calls for a return to native species, found in traditional English gardens, pointing out that these are more economical than short-lived annuals, and that there is much greater variety available to the garden designer. He suggests plants more suitable for the English climate, and exotics more capable of naturalisation.

Please note, also available in French.


1. Explanatory
2. An enumeration of hardy exotic plants, suitable for naturalization in our woods, semi-wild places, shrubberies, etc., with the native country, general character, height, colour, time of flowering, mode of propagation, and the positions most suitable for each
3. Selections of hardy exotic plants for naturalization in various positions
4. The garden of British wild flowers

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