THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE GARDEN

George Plumptre
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This beautifully revised and updated classic takes a fresh look at the English country house garden, starting with the owners and the stories behind the making of the gardens.

Glorious photographs capture the gardens at their finest moments through the seasons, and a sparkling and erudite text presents twenty-five gardens - some grand, some personal, some celebrated, some never-before-photographed - to explore why this garden style has been so very enduring and influential.

There is something special about the English country house garden: from its quiet verdant lawns to its high yew hedges, this is a style much-desired and copied around the world. The English country house is most often conceived as a private, intimate place, a getaway from working life. A pergola, a sundial, a croquet lawn, a herbaceous border of soft planting; here is a space to wander and relax, to share secrets, and above all to enjoy afternoon tea. But even the most peaceful of gardens also take passion and hard work to create. 

From the Victorian grandeur of Tyntesfield and Cragside, to the Arts & Crafts simplicity of Rodmarton Manor and Charleston; from Scampston, in the same family since the 17th century, to new gardens by Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith; and with favourites such as Hidcote and Great Dixter alongside new discoveries, this book will be a delicious treat for garden-lovers.

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Format:
Format Hardcover Book 208 Pages
ISBN:
ISBN 9780711239760
Size:
Size8.74 in x 8.74 in / 222.00 mm x 222.00 mm
Published:
Published Date October 4th, 2018
George Plumptre
George Plumptre is Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, a charity opening gardens in England and Wales. His first book, Royal Gardens, was published in 1981. Since then he has written a further ten books on garden history, design and horticulture including Garden Ornament, The Garden Makers and Heritage Gardens. His career as a journalist has included being Gardening Correspondent of The Times (1993–96) and he has been a regular contributor on gardens to Country Life since 1980. His other books include a biography of Edward VII and The Country House Guide.
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