REMARKABLE CASE OF DR WARDABIGAIL WILLIS Book Number: 87372 Product format: Hardback
A qualified RHS gardener and newspaper journalist guides us down the path of gardening history taking in both the innovations from secateurs to the lawnmower as well as trends from Roman topiary to guerrilla gardening. Who invented the lawnmower? Who created the first hybrid plant? What is carpet bedding? This essential compendium of gardening lore describes the history of the haha, synonymous with 18th century landscape gardening, dry gardening, glass houses, prairie planting also known as the Dutch wave or the new perennial movement, naturalistic drifts of grasses, Hortus Conclusus from roman courtyards and from medieval illuminated manuscripts gardens with flower-studded lawns, turf benches, rose woven trellises, shady arbours and playing fountains are recurring features with their boundary walls. Taxonomy and nomenclature began with a rudimentary system by Aristotle separating the animal and plant kingdoms; chemical gardening to paradise gardens from Persia, women gardeners, knot gardens and parterres using complex geometric patterns, horticultural societies for enthusiasts, public and communal gardens and not forgetting the garden gnome! 112 pages beautifully decorated throughout with pen and ink drawings.
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