Explores the history of Britain's famous gardens through color photographs, original plans, diagrams, and the behind-the-scenes stories of the gardens and their royal creators.
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Prolific writer Titchmarsh's lavishly illustrated history of the royal gardens includes vivid profiles of monarchs and landscapers as he begins with the period from 1066 to 1485, from the reign of William the Conqueror to Richard III, then proceeds to descriptive and informative accounts of British gardening under the Tudors, the House of Stuart, the House of Hanover, Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and Edward VII to Elizabeth II (1901-2004). With each of these reigns, Titchmarsh lists the edibles, flowers, and shrubs that were grown, and offers such interesting tidbits as the fact that grass was cut with scythes until 1830, when the lawnmower was invented (three men with scythes could cut an acre of grass in a day). But there's much more here than technical matters. As Titchmarsh writes, "If you are expecting nothing but regal hearts and flowers, gentle romance, and pastoral idylls, be warned--royal garden history is packed with intrigue, skulduggery and dirty doings." George Cohen
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“...Lavishly illustrated history of the royal gardens...” -- Booklist
“...be warned–royal garden history is packed with intriuge, skulduggery and dirty doings.” -- Booklist
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Book Description Bbc Pubns, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0563488972
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