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The Story Of Gardening - A Cultural History Of Famous Gardens From Around The World (Hardcover, New Edition): Penelope Hobhouse The Story Of Gardening - A Cultural History Of Famous Gardens From Around The World (Hardcover, New Edition)
Penelope Hobhouse; As told to Ambra Edwards 1
R490 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R114 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

'What Penelope so successfully achieves is casting the visions of today over the layers of the past, contextualizing them in a way that diminishes neither the new nor the old...Comprehensive work' - House & Garden magazine

'Deservedly claims its position on the bookshelf' - The English Garden magazine

A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic.

From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most beautiful and magnificent gardens.

The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed.

Unrivalled in its coverage and written with the author's characteristic clarity and authority, this exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to gardening enthusiasts or all ages and levels of expertise.

Chapters include:

The Origins of Gardening: the gardens of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia.

Gardens of Ancient Greece and Rome: The beginnings of botany and herbalism and design developments in the Classical world.

The Gardens of Islam: the `fourfold' garden's spread from the Middle East.

The Medieval Gardens of Christendom: The layers of meaning in the gardens of the Middle Ages.

The Renaissance Vision in Italy: The transition from classical villa gardens.

The Flowering of the European Garden: Louis XIV's power-gardening.

Plants on the Move: Early plant enthusiasts who searched for new species.

The English Landscape Garden: The 18th century Landscape Movement

The Eclectic 19th Century: European gardening during technological change.

The Americas Gardening's evolution on the American continent.

Gardens of China: Chinese gardening's links with the landscape and painting.

The Japanese Garden: Japanese design's influence on the rest of the world.

From Naturalism to Modernism: Pioneer voices as gardening goes global.

Visions of the Future: The faces shaping gardening in the 21st century.

The Story of the English Garden (Hardcover): Ambra Edwards The Story of the English Garden (Hardcover)
Ambra Edwards 1
R716 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R283 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Story of the English Garden is the National Trust's accessible history of the nation's gardens, sumptuously illustrated and artfully curated. From tiny medieval gardens to vast Georgian parks, from Victorian glasshouses crammed with exotic specimens to the elegant outdoor 'rooms' of the Edwardians and the functional, ecologically aware gardens of today, this book explores the love affair between the English and their gardens for over 500 years. It's a fascinating story about passion - and power and politics too. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout and includes new photography of some of the most influential gardens in the world, including Sissinghurst. Drawn from the National Trust's extensive archives, The Story of the English Garden is the definitive guide to Europe's greatest collection of historic gardens - a rich celebration of World Heritage sites, rare and exotic plants and groundbreaking architectural design.

Gardening in a Changing Climate (Hardcover): Ambra Edwards Gardening in a Changing Climate (Hardcover)
Ambra Edwards
R396 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R190 (48%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Our climate is in a state of flux. Weather patterns are changing and therefore the way we manage our gardens are changing too. This offers a new and exciting challenge for all gardeners. This new book looks at the garden styles of nine regions which have always dealt superbly with heat, drought and water shortage - the Italianate Garden, the Islamic Garden, the Patio Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the Gravel Garden, the Desert Garden, the Bush Garden, Cape Colour and the Jungle Garden. Each chapter explains the style and includes a practical tutorial, typical plant forms, a planting plan and a project. The final chapter is a useful plant directory introducing the key plants along with cultivation advice for growing them yourself. This is a critical read for gardeners, a practical and inspirational insight into the classic gardens defined by sunshine, humidity and lack of water that will continue to inform the gardens of tomorrow.

Head Gardeners (Hardcover): Ambra Edwards Head Gardeners (Hardcover)
Ambra Edwards; Photographs by Charlie Hopkinson 1
R811 R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Save R185 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Ambra Edwards and Charlie Hopkinson explore, in words and pictures, the lives, visions and achievements of fourteen very different head gardeners: Ned Price of The Weir, Herefordshire; Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, East Sussex; Paul Pulford, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Mick Evans, Packwood House, Warwickshire; Beatrice Krehl, Waltham Place, Berkshire; Troy Scott Smith, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent; Lucille Savin, Merton College, Oxford; Alistair Clark, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries; Carol Sales, Headley Court, Surrey; Andrew Woodall, Broughton Grange, Oxfordshire; Michael Walker, Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire; Martin Ogle, Lowther Castle, Cumbria; and Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens, West Sussex.

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