Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln (August 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an attractive book in your hands, hardbound and filled with colourful illustrations and garden photography. The text by Katie Campbell, especially the exceptional introduction covering the political and design trends of history leading up to the first distinctly English gardens, is generally a pleasure to read even though it wanders a bit.The chapter on the Victorian gardens of gentleman orchidologist James Bateman in Staffordshire, for example, examines the many and varied areas of Biddulph Grange with reference to the passions of the day, from evolution (Bateman was not a fan), to a fashionable interest in the Orient (he had Himalayan slopes and Chinese temples built). Other chapters wander off at times: the chapter on the Nymans estate devotes several pages to the changing fortunes and descendants of the Messel family who developed it, to the point where the reader is presented with potted biographies of offspring whose influence on either garden history or the design of Nymans is never established.Overall, though, the high quality of the photographs, including full-bleed prints over two pages, and the eclectic scholarship of the author is a rewarding and wonderfully detailed tour through its varied people, places and times.Would make an excellent gift for those with an interest in English history or garden design. The marriage of the two here is a fruitful one.
Beautiful book, vastly illustrated with good articles on the principles of gardening and landscape.
Great history lessons through time and gardens.
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