The Garden: An English Love Affair: One Thousand Years of Gardening

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Join a landscape architect and garden designer on a trip through time to study the complex and exciting story of the English art of gardening. See how garden styles, from medieval times through the present, have reflected political, economic, social, and cultural life and values. Examine the gardens of cottages and mansions and those in the country and the city. Investigate the influence of technological advances such as the greenhouse, the lawn mower, and plant hybridization. Glorious full-color photographs of exquisite gardens, illuminated manuscript pages, beautiful paintings and other works of art illustrate this fascinating exploration that captures the overwhelming love of flowering plants that has always inspired for English gardeners.

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This book grew out of Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall's love and understanding of period gardens and her work as a specialist in their restoration and adaptation. Recent restoration projects include an 18th century town garden in the Circus in Bath, the famous rose garden at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and an early 19th century garden at River Cottage, Clivden, Berkshire.

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Fearnley-Whittingstall, a specialist in the restoration of period gardens, asks, Why do the English love their gardens so much? Poetry provides important source material, illuminating aspects of medieval gardens as places of magic, medicine, and monastic bliss, while Tudor-era knot gardens and the artistic achievement manifested in stunning topiary forms are brought to life by reflecting on societal conditions during the historic reigns of a pair of King Henrys. Spanning one thousand years, this beautifully produced study encompasses a wealth of illustrations, taking in classic paintings, ancient manuscripts, and contemporary photographs--to further explore such trends as the romance of the landscape movement, the control of Victorian parterres, and the relaxed cottage-garden style. Contributions made by seminal figures from Ruskin to Lutyens to Jekyll enter into the discourse, bringing readers to present-day events such as the Chelsea Flower Show. In sum, Fearnley-Whittingstall succeeds in characterizing the continuing passion that makes the English such devoted gardeners. Alice Joyce
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