GARDENS OF THE NATIONAL TRUSTSTEPHEN LACEY Book Number: 88128 Product format: Hardback
The diversity of the National Trust's gardens is immediately apparent from this superb gallery of colour photographs. They range from landscape park to walled town garden, box parterre to rhododendron woodland, Derbyshire hilltop to Cornish combe, lakes, temples, herbaceous borders, Japanese gardens, conservatories, pinetums. There are collections of lawn mowers, daffodils, roses, regional apple varieties and 18th century statues, views of sea, moor and motorway, yew trees clipped as pointed Welsh hats, there is even an artificial tree fern made from a length of clay pipe - it's all here. Gardens engage you on many levels for seeing, smelling, touching, listening and exploring and this gorgeous tome charts some 400 years of garden history. First published in 1996, this new edition has been substantially revised to update existing entries and include new acquisitions like the Jacobean Chastleton House, and William Morris' Red House among them and Croome Park, Capability Brown's first independent design commission. All the major periods and styles of garden design are represented, ranging from the formality of early gardens such as Hanbury Hall and Ham House, magnificent 18th century landscapes like Stowe, the heady Victorian creations of Biddulph Grange and Waddesdon Manor to the famous plantsmen's gardens of the last century such as Nymans, Hidcote Manor and Sissinghurst Castle. Another magnificent example of Edwardian garden design new to this volume is Tredegar House situated in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, and the Arts and Crafts charm of Stoneywell. Each entry gives details of soil type and climate, practical features on different aspects of gardening written by head gardeners and glorious photographs. There's no need to leave our armchairs to go on this special and fragrant tour. 392pp, colour. 9¾" x 10½".
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