Great British Gardeners
From Early Plantsmen to Chelsea Medal Winners
The British have always been a nation of gardeners, and their distinctive creations have been admired and emulated across the globe. This book traces the history of British gardening over 450 years through the stories of 26 key figures, from early plant hunters such as the Tradescants, though the celebrated 18th-century landscape gardeners Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton to 20th-century pioneers such as Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West. A 32-page section of colour plates showcases their achievements.
The English Landscape Garden
The 18th-century English landscape garden, with its seemingly natural appearance, was a revolution in garden design and left a legacy that can still be seen in surviving gardens and parks today. Symes traces the origins and evolution of the landscape garden throughout the 18th century; discusses its place in contemporary politics, philosophy and culture; and surveys the variety of styles through the works of major designers, from William Kent and the ‘pictorial garden’ to Humphrey Repton and the Picturesque.
The Making of the English Gardener
Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560–1660
A horticultural revolution took place in England during the late 16th and 17th centuries, as gardeners, botanists, scholars and courtiers exchanged the latest ideas, and the growing book trade spread them to a wide audience of creators of more modest plots as far away as the new colonies in the Americas. This book charts these developments through the experiences of enthusiasts such as the Tradescants, Francis Bacon and John Evelyn, and the stories of the kitchen and flower gardens of the great estates.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
Digging for Victory
Gardens and Gardening in Wartime Britain
During the successful Dig for Victory campaign, which aimed to make wartime Britain self-sufficient, gardeners everywhere dug up their lawns to grow not only fruit and vegetables, but flowers too, inspiring ‘faith, hope, cheerfulness and courage’. From composting to harvesting, this playful history of the campaign features all aspects of wartime gardening, and is vividly illustrated by original pamphlets, recoloured photographs and instructional cartoons.
The Garden Visitor's Companion
After reflecting on the reasons why people visit gardens and especially why gardeners visit other people’s plots, Louisa Jones looks at ten types of garden, including historic gardens, cottage and kitchen gardens, plantsmen’s collections, outdoor art and Mediterranean, Japanese-inspired and minimalist gardens. She discusses the key elements of each type and how the visitor should approach them; then invites ten experts to choose their favourite gardens from around the world.