This is the definitive and most authoritative book ever published on the glories of English gardening--historically and horticulturally, a tour de force.
An unprecedented in-depth look at the English garden by one of Britain's foremost garden writers and authorities, this book showcases the enduring appeal of the English garden whose verdant lawns and borders of colorful plants are the inspiration for garden lovers worldwide. Kathryn Bradley-Hole--the longtime garden columnist for Country Life--takes a fresh look at more than seventy gardens from across England and distills the essence of what makes the English garden style so sought after.
Seasonal photographs capture the gardens--some grand, some personal, some celebrated, some rarely photographed--at their finest moments, accompanied by sparkling, insightful text. Featuring photographs from the unparalleled archives of Country Life, the full story of the English garden is here, from medieval monastery gardens to the Victorians and the Arts and Crafts movement to the twenty-first century. Designs by many of the horticultural world's greats are amply featured, including Gertrude Jekyll, Capability Brown, Piet Oudolf, and Arne Maynard, as well as gardens famous the world over--Sissinghurst, Hidcote, and Great Dixter--alongside new and less-well-known ones, many open to the public.
About The Author
Kathryn Bradley-Hole is the author of six gardening books, including the bestselling BBC "Gardeners' World" Garden Lovers' Guide to Britain and Lost Gardens of England from the Archives of Country Life. A fellow of The Linnean Society, she was for 18 years the gardens editor of the highly esteemed weekly magazine Country Life as well as the author of a regular column, Nature Notes. Her personal gardening interests focus on achieving visual harmony with the broader landscape and creating environments that assist wildlife.
The Duke of Devonshire resides at Chatsworth House, famous for one of the finest landscapes and gardens in England and home to the Cavendish family since 1549.