The Making of the English Gardener
Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560–1660
Looking back to the period before the rise of the English landscape garden, Margaret Willes argues that a revolution had taken place between 1560 and 1660, driven by the arrival of exotic species such as tulips and sunflowers as trade and exploration progressed and by the increase and accessibility of botanical and horticultural books.
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.
Of Cabbages and Kings
The History of Allotments
This history of the allotment movement explains how it has reached the high point it enjoys today, with approximately 330,000 plots around the United Kingdom. Foley reaches back a thousand years to the movement's own roots, when even the lowliest serf had a stake in the land, and traces the influences of monarchs, politicians, pioneers and farmers. As a social history the book reveals much about issues such as unemployment, class struggle and attitudes towards the environment.