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Remaking a Garden - The Laskett Transformed by Roy Strong
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Roy Strong
(2014)
Hardcover - 176 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711233969




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The garden at the Laskett in Herefordshire is always described as the largest formal garden laid out in Britain since the war and one of most important and most interesting gardens of the second half of the twentieth century.

Roy Strong and his wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman - two pivotal figures in the arts during the last century - created this uniquely autobiographical and historical garden over thirty years of their marriage. However, by the time Julia died in 2003, the garden at The Laskett had become overgrown and closed in on itself. And so started ‘the great cull'. The Laskett garden is still ‘peopled with the ghosts of nearly everyone we have loved, both living and dead', but trees and hedges have been chopped down, paths widened, vistas opened up. Light has been let in.

This book is a record of the remaking of The Laskett garden, traced in Roy Strong's words and photographer Clive Boursnell's before-and-after pictures and action shots. It is an inspiration, for ‘its message is one for all garden-makers. Do not be afraid to change your garden - indeed to be quite brutal to it - in order to give it new energy and excitement.




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Concise Garden Bird Guide by Bloomsbury
Sapling.info Bookstore in association with Amazon.co.uk Concise Garden Bird Guide

Bloomsbury
(2014)
Paperback - 192 pages
Bloomsbury Natural History
ISBN: 1472909992




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is first and foremost a garden bird identification guide containing detailed descriptions of the most commonly encountered species, as well as some rarities and birds you may only see flying overhead in gardens. Eighty-eight species, illustrated with more than 400 superb full-colour artworks, are covered. The book also includes general guidelines on food, feeders, nest boxes and other items that can greatly increase the presence of birds in your garden. A concise written account for each species covers data such as size, general description, voice, habitat, food, occurrence in gardens, and distribution in Britain and the near Continent. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, making the book an indispensable reference in the field as well as in the home and garden. Compact enough to fit in the pocket and packed with essential information, the book is additionally wrapped in a durable plastic wallet to protect it against the elements outdoors. Also included is a fold-out insert that can be used as a quick recognition guide to birds and their activities in gardens.




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Let There Be Lights! A Beginner's Guide to Outdoor Christmas Decorating by Christopher M Donnells
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Christopher M Donnells
(2008)
Paperback - 96 pages
iUniverse, Inc.
ISBN: 0595521061




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Christopher Donnells has spent many years decorating the outside of his own home for the Christmas season. This book incorporates all that he's learned and humorously presents it in an easy-to-read format.




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The Allotment Almanac by Terry Walton
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Terry Walton
(2013)
Hardcover - 288 pages
Bantam Press
ISBN: 0593070690




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
From a gardener who has been working on his allotment for over 50 years, a brilliant guide to organic vegetable growing and allotment life in general. Month by month Terry gives us: an overview of the plot; things to do this month; what to watch out for; key crops for the month; progress reports on all the standard veg; top variety tips; main tasks for the month; Allotment Tales.

With all the charm that shone through My Life on a Hillside Allotment, Terry takes the gardening reader by the hand and leads them through the gardening year. He is the perfect companion, giving technical help, quick tips, reassurance, and plenty of entertainment along the way.




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RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration by Brent Elliott
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Brent Elliott
(2013)
Hardcover - 200 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711234515




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
For one hundred years, RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been the annual event in the world of horticulture. This is the essential centenary souvenir, and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special.

Royal Horticultural Society insider Brent Elliott explains how the show has grown and changed, how it is has formed part of the social calendar and how the nation's taste in garden design and planting has been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years.

Short pieces from some of our greatest nurserymen, nurserywomen and garden designers describe what Chelsea means to them, along with pieces from those who present the show to the public and those behind the scenes who pull it all together.

A wealth of illustration draws from the extensive RHS archive and includes photographs in colour and black and white, plans and posters, many published here for the first time. Whether you come for the nurseries or the show gardens, to buy gardening gloves or foxgloves, or whether you simply prefer to beat the crowds and read all about it, this magnificent book conjures up the full Chelsea experience.




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Vegetation of Britain and Ireland by Michael Proctor
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Michael Proctor
(2013)
Hardcover - 528 pages
Collins
ISBN: 0002201488




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
Another volume (Book 122) in the popular New Naturalist series, this book covers all aspects of the plant life of Britain and Ireland.

Michael Proctor, an expert in his field, discusses the development of the landscape of Britain and Ireland from prehistoric times, including the influence of people and their agricultural practices on the vegetation.

He provides a comprehensive account of all the different types of plant habitat in Britain and Ireland: from woodlands and scrubland to meadows and grasslands, from wetlands and peatlands to heaths, and from the mountain vegetation to the sea coast. He examines the history and ecology of each of these habitats, and describes the rich variety of flora found living there.

The author concludes with an account of the changes to our landscape which have taken place during the twentieth century, and prospects for the future, including the effects of environmental change.




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Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House  by Nicky Haslam
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Nicky Haslam
(2013)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Jacqui Small LLP
ISBN: 1906417857




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
From its humble origins as a Tudor hunting lodge to its present-day status as a protected historic building, Nicky Haslam's delightful 'Folly de Grandeur' is a unique English country house that is one of the renowned decorator's favourite places.

In this beautifully illustrated book, 'Part 1: A History of the House' provides a timeline of the house together with an overview of the design aesthetics that characterize Haslam's look. 'Part 2: The Essence of Style' covers wall finishes, soft furnishings, the transition from room to room, furniture form, style and arrangement, classical elements, and creating tableaux with objets and photographs.

In 'Part 3: A House for All Seasons', you will find a year-round appreciation of this remarkable home, which was once owned by John Fowler, co-founder of the interior decorators Colefax & Fowler. By recounting events - from society gatherings to quiet country weekends - stories about the rooms, and details about the decoration and furnishings, Haslam reveals the personal touches that give the folly its unique sense of life, both indoors and out. Inviting us into his carefully preserved and lovingly decorated country home, he explains the intricacies and delights of carefully mismatched furniture collected over the years, a colour palette of subtle, warming tones that are quietly welcoming and effortlessly romantic, and a wonderful collection of art that is nothing short of inspirational. Finally, in 'Part 4: The Perfect Setting', Haslam shares unique garden design secrets and outdoor 'rooms' that complement his celebrated home.




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Veg Street: Grow Your Own Community by Naomi Schillinger
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Naomi Schillinger
(2013)
Paperback - 224 pages
Short Books Ltd
ISBN: 1780721129




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
You don't need a country garden or an allotment to grow good fruit and veg. This book celebrates the fact that anyone can grow your own and that through veg growing you can meet your neighbours and grow your own community too. A few years ago, Naomi Schillinger got together with her neighbours to start a community gardening scheme. Today, they live in a street in which no less than 100 residents have turned their front gardens over to growing their own fruit and veg: lettuces, leeks and beetroot in raised beds, teepees billowing with sweet peas and runner beans, rhubarb by the door... Whether you live in a rented flat with a window box, a house with a front garden, just have access to a bit of pavement, or decide to reclaim some unloved or forgotten corner, there will be ideas in this book which will encourage you to have a go at growing your own fruit and veg (and flowers) throughout the year - and, in so doing, create your own mini-Eden.




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Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin
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Roger Deakin
(2008)
Paperback - 416 pages
Penguin Books
ISBN: 0141010010




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Wildwood is a remarkable celebration of the transforming magic of trees, exploring the 'fifth element' of wood as it exists in nature, in our souls, in our culture and our lives.

From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees.

Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, travels in search of the wild apple groves of Kazakhstan, goes coppicing in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback.




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The English Lakes: A History by Ian Thompson
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Ian Thompson
(2012)
Perfect Paperback - 352 pages
Bloomsbury
ISBN: 1408809583




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
With more than 20 million visitors each year, the Lake District retains its fascination for people from all over Britain and abroad. Ian Thompson, who grew up in nearby Barrow-in-Furness and went fell-walking from an early age, is well-equipped to reveal the area's allure. He tells how it was the chance combination of a fascination with the Alps and the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars that provided the spark for a national obsession. And in brief elegant chapters he shows how Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and De Quincey transformed the perception of the region from one of 'horrid mountains' to 'vales of peace'. Later the work of J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and Alfred Wainwright, the great populariser of fell-walking, all in their different ways contributed to making the region what it is today. Crammed with fascinating detail and illustrated with Thompson's own superb colour photography and more than 80 other colour illustrations, The English Lakes is sheer delight.




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The Art of Creative Pruning: Inventive Ideas for Training and Shaping Trees and Shrubs by Jake Hobson
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Jake Hobson
(2011)
Hardcover - 200 pages
Timber Press
ISBN: 160469114X




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In this book, author Jake Hobson outlines an approach that is more creative than traditional topiary and positively encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Instead of peacocks and rabbits you will see boxwood shaped to reveal a row of Russian dolls and hedges carved with graffiti. Innovatively photographed works in formal gardens around the world are presented here alongside well illustrated step-by-step projects, encouraging you immediately to pick up some pruners and begin to experiment with this creative, therapeutic form of garden art.




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Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
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Kathleen Jamie
(2012)
Paperback - 208 pages
Sort of Books
ISBN: 095630866X




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The outer world flew open like a door, and I wondered - what is it that we're just not seeing? In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote. Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.




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Felling the Ancient Oaks: How England Lost its Great Country Estates by John Martin Robinson
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John Martin Robinson
(2012)
Hardcover - 192 pages
Aurum Press Ltd
ISBN: 1845136705




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A stunning visual record of our most spectacular and scenic country estates that were broken up for sale and lost for ever. A sweeping country estate, with grand house and spectacular gardens and park, would not be the first impression of a visitor to modern suburban Watford. But well into the twentieth century that was exactly what was there - the magnificence of the Cassiobury estate, of which only a modest municipal park survives. Underneath the expanse of Rutland Water lies the once splendid Normanton estate, while Deepdene in Surrey is now memorialised only by an ugly office block. Fortunately, at least photographs live on to remind us of how our landscape looked before death duties, mining subsidence and sometimes the plain impecuniousness of the black sheep in the family took their toll and forced the break-up of all too many historic landed estates. In this elegiac book, a successor to Aurum's Lost Victorian Britain, John Robinson surveys 20 of the most egregious losses, from Costessy in East Anglia to Lathom in Lancashire, and shows how the deer park, the home farm, the parterre and the cottage garden gave way to the power station, the motorway and the caravan park.




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Great Gardens of Britain by Helena Attlee and Alex Ramsay
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Helena Attlee and Alex Ramsay
(2011)
Hardcover - 144 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711231346




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Britain is famous all over the world for its gardens. In this book Helena Attlee focuses on twenty of the finest gardens in the country. Her choice encompasses a rich selection of sites all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ranging from famous eighteenth-century landscapes such as Stourhead to quirky modern gardens such as Charles Jencks' Garden of Cosmic Speculation in the Scottish borders. Her lively text provides a brief history of each garden combined with a vivid account of its main features. Alex Ramsay's dazzling photographs reveal the gardens at their best. Gardens include: Crathes (Inverness), Crarae (Argyll & Bute), Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Dumfries), Little Sparta (Lanarkshire), Alnwick (Northumberland), Levens (Cumbria), Scampston (Yorkshire), Mount Stewart (Co. Down), Bodnant (Clwyd), Powis Castle (Powys), Stourhead (Wiltshire), Hidcote (Gloucestershire), Great Dixter (Sussex), East Rushton (Norfolk), Beth Chatto's Garden (Essex), Kew (London), Wisley (Surrey), Sissinghurst (Kent), Eden Project (Cornwall), Tresco (Scilly Isles).




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The Best Gardens in Italy: A Traveller's Guide by Kirsty McLeod
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Kirsty McLeod
(2011)
Hardcover - 256 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711231834




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
Italy's gardens speak to us all. In the history of gardening they are the bridge between our world and the ancient world. Their harmony, symmetry and serenity are at once inimitable and universally copied. During the past few years Italy has awoken to a realisation of its gardens. In a gardening renaissance, interesting new gardens are being created all over Italy, and there has been exemplary restoration of some historic gardens. In this pioneering new book, Kirsty McLeod and Primrose Bell celebrate over a hundred of the finest Italian gardens open to the public. They take the reader with them on a journey to these gardens: they explore their history and context, and we meet the owners, hear the stories behind the gardens, and learn how they were made and how they are maintained.




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The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1716-1783 by Jane Brown
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Jane Brown
(2011)
Hardcover - 352 pages
Chatto & Windus
ISBN: 0701182121




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Lancelot Brown changed the face of eighteenth-century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green. This English landscape style spread across Europe and the world. At home, it proved so pleasing that Brown's influence spread into the lowland landscape at large, and into landscape painting. He stands behind our vision, and fantasy, of rural England.

In this vivid, lively biography, based on detailed research, Jane Brown paints an unforgettable picture of the man, his work, his happy domestic life, and his crowded world. She follows the life of the jovial yet elusive Mr Brown, from his childhood and apprenticeship in rural Northumberland, through his formative years at Stowe, the most famous garden of the day. His innovative ideas, and his affable and generous nature, led to a meteoric rise to a Royal Appointment in 1764 and his clients and friends ranged from statesmen like the elder Pitt to artists and actors like David Garrick. Riding constantly across England, Brown never ceased working until he collapsed and died in February 1783 after visiting one of his oldest clients. He was a practical man but also a visionary, always willing to try something new. As this delightful, and beautifully illustrated biography shows, Brown filled England with enchantment - follies, cascades, lakes, bridges, ornaments, monuments, meadows and woods - creating views that still delight us today.




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The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design by James Van Sweden, Tom Christopher
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James Van Sweden, Tom Christopher
(2011)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Random House
ISBN: 1400063892




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
Guided by world-renowned landscape architect James van Sweden and horticulture expert Tom Christopher, any gardener can learn the secrets of the gardener's art and absorb the essence of inspired garden design. In their gifted hands, creating your own perfect garden, with its own alluring mysteries, turns out to be not only easy but a delight.

Whether it's a ten-foot-square city terrace or a ten-acre expanse, the same principles apply: the intelligent use of positive and negative space, of form and scale, of light and shadow, of rough and smooth textures. Do you want a garden you can immerse yourself in? A garden you can smell and listen to as well as observe? An exuberant garden or a contemplative garden?

In this elegantly written and visually stunning book, van Sweden reveals the secrets of famous gardens around the world and encourages you to find inspiration in the arts - in painting (from America's classic regional artists to the abstract expressionists), music (from classical to jazz), sculpture, even dance. He introduces you to famous artists who share how their art has influenced the design of their own gardens, and teaches you to think not in terms of borders and beds or even paths and meadows but of a tapestry woven from sky, trees, rocks, vines, flowers, grasses, and space.

Richly illustrated throughout with magnificent photographs, The Artful Garden both tells and shows, sharing with beginning and experienced gardeners a wealth of inspiration and practical help. "What's my message?" van Sweden asks in conclusion. The wise answer: "Don't squander the potential for surprise and wonder." This beautiful book guarantees everyone who reads it a priceless store of gardening wisdom.




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The Contemporary Garden by Phaidon Editors
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Phaidon Editors
(2009)
Hardcover - 112 pages
Phaidon Press Ltd
ISBN: 0714849588




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
The Contemporary Garden' is an illustrated survey of 100 iconic and innovative gardens in the world, spanning from the early 1920s to the present day. Accessible and easy-to-use like Phaidon's popular "The Garden Book", this informative source book includes an unrivalled range of gardens by designers, makers, architects and land artists - from Garrett Eckbo's Alcoa Forecast Garden (1925) and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (1929) to Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta (1966), near Edinburgh, and horticultural installation artist Tony Heywood's Split (2003).

Each garden has been selected for its unique design, marking a break from traditional gardens and presenting new and sometimes conceptual designs. The selection ranges from the public to the private and all types are featured - Modernist gardens, conceptual spaces, roof and water gardens, contemporary interpretations of traditional garden styles and urban parks and landscapes.Other examples include Gabriel Guevrekian's Villa Noailles (1927) in France, Fernando Caruncho's startlingly unusual Wheat Garden (1990) in Spain, Kathryn Gustafson's Diana Memorial Fountain (2004) in London, England and Tadao Ando's Zen-like Garden of Fine Arts (1994) in Japan.

'The Contemporary Garden' presents projects by forward-looking garden designers from around the globe. Today's most arresting garden designs are often based on traditional principles but the interpretation - with the use of innovative materials, unusual plants and unexpected forms - offers a new approach to planting and alternative solutions to garden, backyard or outdoor space design. Featuring the use of artificial materials, such as Robert Mallet-Stevens' Garden with Concrete Trees (1925) and Dean Cardasis' Plastic Garden (1995), 'The Contemporary Garden' also offers an examination of the impact of unique, iconic gardens designed by the likes of Isamu Noguchi, Roberto Burle Marx and Luis Barragan, among others. In addition, the selection includes gardens by famous artistic and architectural figures such as Henry Moore, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Joan Miro and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Organised chronologically, readers can trace the development of the non-traditional garden in all its variations from the early experimentations of the twentieth century to the visionary ideas of today's practitioners. Each entry consists of a full-page image with an accompanying text, placing the garden and its maker in stylistic and historical context. The book also features a glossary of terms and movements, a directory of gardens open to the public and an index. 'The Contemporary Garden' is a practical resource and an easy-to-use guide, unique in its appeal to both the general reader and the practicing gardener.




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The Gardens of Europe: A Traveller's Guide by Charles Quest-Ritson
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Charles Quest-Ritson
(2007)
Hardcover - 400 pages
Garden Art Press
ISBN: 1870673557




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European Gardens have flourished for over 2,000 years and provided the greatest single influence upon gardening throughout the world. In this new and authoritative guide to the gardens of Europe, Charles Quest-Ritson has produced a comprehensive survey, ranging from Ireland to Georgia and from Russia to Sicily. It embraces the vast sweep of Europe's horticultural and garden design heritage - a guide to all the best and most exciting gardens, both public and private, that are open to visitors - making this a reference source without peer. This book describes all types of gardens, including ancient Roman remnants in Italy, Moorish gardens in Spain, tiled gardens in Portugal, baroque masterpieces and English-style landscape gardens throughout the continent, the giardini segreti of renaissance Italy, English flower gardens and woodland gardens, great botanic gardens of Germany and Scandinavia, arboreta of northern Europe, high-level alpine gardens in Switzerland and cutting-edge contemporary gardens in France and the Low Countries. "Gardens of Europe" contains over 600 gardens and includes an invaluable "Plant Collections Guide" and a shortlist of Europe's greatest gardens for quick reference. Garden location, opening hours, and contact and other details are supplemented by more than 500 colour photographs (mostly taken by the author), location maps and descriptions of the unique flavour and history of each garden. This book will fascinate and delight travellers, scholars and garden lovers everywhere.




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Grow Your Own Garden: How to Propagate All Your Own Plants by Carol Klein
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Carol Klein
(2010)
Hardcover - 224 pages
BBC Books
ISBN: 1846078474




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Carol Klein is passionate about propagation. Her own garden, Glebe Cottage in Devon, as seen on Gardeners' World, is almost grown entirely from cuttings and seeds and in this book she's on a mission to share her joy in working with nature to cultivate the plants she loves. Too often gardeners are intimidated by propagation, assume it's not for them and go for ready-grown plants from the garden centre. But Carol, a gifted communicator with her infectious enthusiasm, boundless horticultural expertise and easy practical explanations, shows just how simple and satisfying it is to grow your own plants, not to mention sustainable and cheap. She demonstrates, step-by-step, how to divide herbaceous perennials, nurture seedlings or grow new stock from root cuttings, stems or leaves, showing how there is no mystique involved and anybody can do it. In "Grow Your Own Garden", Carol offers a refreshing new approach to propagation, and, just as she did with "Grow Your Own Veg", she brings her own unique style to an inspirational, accessible and practical guide that will have great appeal to novices and more experienced gardeners alike.




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Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape by Tim Richardson
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Tim Richardson
(2009)
Paperback - 352 pages
Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500288267




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
The leading edge of recent garden design has not only embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, but also appropriated ideas from related disciplines, such as architecture and product design, redefining and blurring the borders of nature and the man-made in the process.

Avant Gardeners presents the fifty most exciting and innovative contemporary garden- and landscape-design practices from around the world. The work of each designer is profiled through informative texts and projects shown in photographs and plans.

Throughout the book, essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individual approaches to creating outdoor spaces and show how a rising generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favouring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art.

With over 100 projects, the book is an encyclopaedic look at the most advanced contemporary thinking in garden design and offers a rich and inspirational archive for practitioners and enthusiasts - indeed for anyone who delights in the great outdoors.




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The Thrifty Gardener: How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing by Alys Fowler
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Alys Fowler
(2008 - New Edition)
Paperback - 192 pages
Kyle Cathie
ISBN: 1856267776




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Gardening is something you do,not something you buy. You don't have to spend money to have a great garden. Slow gardening - like slow food - is taking time to savour. It's the process, not this sudden transformation that matters. When you build a little, dig a bit, plant a little, harvest often and more importantly don't try and do it all at once, nature will work for you. For this is gardening that won't cost the earth. This is a book that will eliminate the intimidation factor and reveal the ins and outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growing. Designed to be highly appropriate for beginners, it will cover the basics like planning, planting and pruning using organic and inexpensive methods. Its quirky projects and thrifty ethic will mean that it reaches beyond the usual gardening audience - this book is for those who would rather be found hunting through a skip than be seen in a garden centre.




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The Gardens of Russell Page by Gabrielle Van Zuylen
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Gabrielle Van Zuylen
(2008 - New Edition)
Hardcover - 256 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711226946




Synopsis by Amazon.co.uk:
A new edition, completely redesigned and including new photographs, of the classic account of Russell Page's garden designs. Perhaps the greatest garden designer of the twentieth century, Russell Page (1906-85) was trained as an artist, and brought an architectural sensibility and a keen eye for style to the many vast garden projects that he undertook. With the assistance and co-operation of Page's clients, Schinz and van Zuylen have researched and photographed all of his best work, both early and late, and some now no longer extant. Through his private files and unpublished writing, the man and his work are brought into sharp focus, and over 250 photographs capture the special beauty of his creations in England, America and throughout continental Europe.




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On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries by Richard Reynolds
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Richard Reynolds
(2009)
Paperback - 224 pages
Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747592977




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On Guerrilla Gardening is an activist's call to arms to all citizens - green-fingered, green-thinking or curious - to join the revolution of guerrilla gardening: transforming public space into oases of colour and life. The enemy: neglect, apathy and the disintegration of community spirit. The arsenal: daring, a packet of seeds and a passionate commitment to social change. When Richard Reynolds first embarked on guerrilla gardening, growing flowers by moonlight outside his tower block, he had no idea it was part of a growing global movement committed to cultivating the potential in the land regardless of all obstacles. Charting the battles fought across thirty different countries and the revolutionary history of this subculture, On Guerrilla Gardening is an inspirational take on gardening in the 21st century.




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The Kitchen Gardener: Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg by Alan Titchmarsh
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Alan Titchmarsh
(2008)
Hardcover - 256 pages
BBC Books
ISBN: 1846072018




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Allotments with ten-year waiting lists; fruit and veg seeds outselling those of flowers - Britain is growing a passion for home produce and the time is right for the nation's favourite gardener to provide the definitive book on the subject. Alan's comprehensive guide will tell you everything you could possibly want or need to know about fruit and veg and how to grow it, including herbs, baby veg, salads, every-day fruits plus gourmet or unusual varieties, and how to fit them into today's stylish small gardens. As well as providing the key facts needed to yield good results and what to do when things go wrong, the text is sprinkled with Alan's personal observations, anecdotes, culinary tips and quirky historical uses.The book takes a very practical approach, starting from scratch for the benefit of anyone who's never grown their own before, but is also ideal for those with some experience who might be growing edibles in a new way - perhaps in a small space that needs to look attractive, or on a new allotment.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with over 250 photographs and artworks, this inspirational and authoritative fruit and veg bible from the UK's best-selling and most influential gardener will become a classic in the genre.




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Churchill and Chartwell: The Untold Story of Churchill's Houses and Gardens by Stefan Buczacki
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Stefan Buczacki
(2007)
Hardcover - 384 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711225354




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This book is a biography of Winston Churchill through the houses he lived in and the gardens he made. It culminates with the full story of his purchase, alteration and creation of Chartwell, Kent, where he lived for more than forty years before and after the war, and which is now owned and run by the National Trust in keeping with his intentions. Churchill was born amidst the splendour of Blenheim Palace but, ever a restless spirit, he owned or rented many houses, both grand and relatively modest, over the course of his long life, including country retreats, modern town apartments and, as First Lord of the Admiralty, Admiralty House. But it was his house at Chartwell that would be for ever associated with the name Churchill. Based on extensive and scholarly archive study, this unique book brings to light an array of previously unpublished details and reveals a fascinating side to Britain's greatest war leader. Winston Churchill was named the Greatest Briton of all time in a BBC poll that attracted nearly a million votes. He remains a hugely popular figure. This is the first book on Churchill to focus on this relatively private aspect of his character. It contains material from the Churchill archives, including reproductions of his paintings.




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Making the Modern Garden by Christopher Bradley-Hole
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Christopher Bradley-Hole
(2007)
Hardcover - 192 pages
Mitchell Beazley
ISBN: 1840007869




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An opening chapter, The Poetry, explains how the modern garden has evolved. The book is then split into a series of thematic chapters. The Grammar looks at the basic structure of garden design from initial thoughts, inspiration from the landscape, understanding of proportion, and underlying influences such as art and architecture; The Narrative considers styles of different types of modernist gardens, including roof gardens, courtyard gardens, urban gardens, country gardens, and landscape gardens; this chapter then looks at creative ways of using an ever-changing palette of plants in the modernist garden.




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Collins Tree Guide by Owen Johnson
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Owen Johnson
(2006)
Paperback - 464 pages
Collins
ISBN: 0007207719




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The definitive, fully-illustrated guide to the trees of Britain and non-Mediterranean Europe. This brand-new field guide to the trees of northern Europe contains some of the finest original tree illustrations ever produced. The introduction contains illustrations of the main leaves, buds, and firs you are likely to find, and these provide the starting point for identification by leading you to a 'key' species. Within each tree family there is a list of key species and a guide to the most important features to look for when identifying a particular tree from that family. Then individual species are clearly described and a detailed illustration is given on the same page. Covering all the tree species found outside the major arboretums, from the olive tree to the eucalyptus, this is one of the most important tree guides to have appeared in the last 20 years. The illustrations are annotated with essential identification features, and the text highlights the most important things to look for to aid fast and accurate identification. There is also coverage of all the species native to Southern Europe.




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The New Outdoor Kitchen by Debra Krasner
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Debra Krasner
(2007)
Hardcover - 240 pages
Taunton Press Inc.
ISBN: 1561588040




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Debra Krasner teaches how you can create a glorious al fresco kitchen no matter how limited your "good weather" season, garden size or budget. First you'll be inspired by 300 beautiful, full-colour outdoor kitchen photos and profiles, then this unique new guide will help you create your own, with expert advice on everything from floors to stoves and sinks. She offers guidance every step of the way for planning an outdoor kitchen ideally suited to your site, style, needs and finances. This one-of-a-kind book has all you need to spark your imagination and fire up plans for your own outdoor kitchen!




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1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die by Rae Spencer-Jones (Editor)
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Rae Spencer-Jones (Editor)
(2007)
Paperback - 960 pages
Cassell Illustrated
ISBN: 1844034984




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1001 Gardens is an extraordinary showcase of the best examples of man's artistic taming of nature from the world's most outstanding landscape gardeners. From the famous gardens of the Moorish Alhambra to hidden gems, such as the Leichtag family's Healing Garden, created for patients at the San Diego Children's Hospital, this lavishly illustrated guide will delight both lovers of natural beauty and gardeners alike. Covering the entire globe, the guide presents the very best example of every gardening style, whether it is the inspirational European floral display of impressionist painter Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France or the exuberant diversity of the lush tropical gardens of Bali. Everywhere, gardens speak of the intimate relationship between man and the environment. Worldwide and from person to person our conceptions of beauty may differ, but gardeners are united in their desire to create visions of heaven on earth, places that stimulate the imagination and restore the spirit.




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Eden by Tim Smit
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Tim Smit
(2002 - New Edition)
Paperback - 329 pages
Corgi Adult
ISBN: 0552149209




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Tim Smit, author of Eden, is obsessed with horticulture (no mere "gardening" for him). In restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan he has become an acolyte of a great, though rarely remembered, philosophy--one that ties our welfare as a species to our relationship with plants.

The Eden Project is, in his own statement: "a vast complex of soap bubble-shaped greenhouses (the largest in the world) which interpret and explain our dependence upon the plant kingdom." Eden the book is his definitive account of the project from its beginnings--an account handsomely and often wittily illustrated (a good gift book). More importantly, it is well written.

Smit is trenchant about his aims: "Why, for God's sake, put yourself...through years of grief to build a crappy theme park so that some smartass can define it in a sentence?" he asks. By creating something more than a mere "product"--and by doing it in an old clay pit in Cornwall--Smit and his colleagues faced daunting challenges. Larger-than-life characters pepper the book which is more about people than plants.

Well over a million people have already visited the Eden Project. But this book is more than a celebration, more than a memento; it is too honest and exhaustive to be a mere statement of vision. It is, all in all, a rather unlikely bestseller--a contender for best business book of the year. --Simon Ings




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The Winter Garden: Create a Garden That Shines Through the Forgotten Season by Val Bourne
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Val Bourne
(2006)
Hardcover - 160 pages
Cassell Illustrated, a division of the Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 184403481X




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A garden in winter need not be grey and neglected: this book is packed with hints and tips to ensure enjoyment of your garden through the forgotten season. Val Bourne suggests trees, shrubs, seedheads, berries and evergreens that shine in winter. Her selections include interesting shapes and textures, rich colours - greens, golds, reds and purples, silvers and greys - and early flowers for the ground, containers and walls. She also shows how to create eye-catching areas using pebbles, gravel, stone, wood and bronze. Even the weather will help your scheme when a touch of frost adds a glittering finish!




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The Making of the Alnwick Garden: The Duchess and I by Ian August
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Ian August
(2006)
Hardcover - 320 pages
Pavilion Books
ISBN: 186205715X




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Ian August was about to retire from his position as the Factor for the Northumberland Alnwick Estates when the Duchess asked for his help with a new project for a couple of weeks. Eight years later the project that has become Alnwick Gardens is still growing. The Duchess of Northumberland's vision was to create a beautiful public space accessible to everyone. A garden which is a place of contemplation, a place of fun, inspiration and education. This vision is now being taken forward by The Alnwick Garden Trust. Featuring a foreword by the Duchess herself, this book is the story, as told by the man who has been at the Duchess's side since the beginning, of one woman's stubborn battle to create her dream. Told in a mixture of letters, anecdotes and memoirs, Ian August captures the dramas, the dilemmas and the victories of the long battle. He has also documented the gardens' creation so here too are the before-and-after pictures of the largest Tree House in the world; of the Poison Garden; of the Cascade; of David Austen's Rose Garden and many more surprises. It is a garden which uses the latest technologies and interweaves them with age old techniques. The story of its creation is a breathtaking history of courage and determination.




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The Anxious Gardener by Roszika Parker
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Roszika Parker
(2006)
Hardcover - 144 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711226636




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And what gardener is not anxious? In "The Anxious Gardener" Roszika Parker wittily addresses the worries evoked by a series of gardening tasks over the course of a year. Each episode involves a dialogue between the Anxious Gardener and the Gardening Mentor, who offers practical solutions to the AG's all-too-emotional dilemmas. A third voice, belonging to Maud-Next-Door, dispenses understanding and envy in unequal measure through the latticework of trellis surrounding the AG's flowerbeds. As the AG sows the seeds of desire, is led into temptation, insists on monogamy, unwillingly accepts ageing, fails to leave well alone, this book explore the emotional life of the gardener: the envy, anxiety, guilt, rage and satisfaction unearthed, or unleashed, by the spade.




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The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre and the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles by Ian Thompson
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Ian Thompson
(2006)
Paperback - 384 pages
Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747576483




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War-monger, womanizer and autocrat, Louis XIV, Frances's self-styled 'Sun-King', was also history's most fanatical gardener. At Versailles, twelve miles outside Paris he created not only Europe's most lavish palace but the most extensive gardens the Western world has ever seen. The Domaine Nationale de Versailles now covers 2,100 acres (about two and a half times the size of New York's Central Park) but in it's heyday under Louis, the grand parc covered an astounding 16,343 acres. Assisting Louis in all this was a lowly-born gardener, Andre Le Notre, whose character and temperament were as different from those of his sovereign as it is possible to conceive. Where Louis was ruthless and relentlessly driven, celebrating his military and amorous conquests with ever more lavish plans for his gardens, Le Notre was down to earth, witty and amiable.- and phenomenally talented. While Louis could strike fear into the highest in the land with just a look, Le Notre enjoyed the king's trust and friendship for more than 40 years. In this lavishly illustrated book, Ian Thompson tells more comprehensively then ever before the intertwined stories of an extraordinary garden and an extraordinary friendship.




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The Complete Guide to Building Decks by Bryan Trandem
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Bryan Trandem
(2001)
Paperback - 304 pages
Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 0865734275




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A source of tips, techniques and instructions on building decks. In this second edition, the construction techniques have been altered to reflect developments in building code requirements and building practices, and additional projects have been added. The book opens with a revised portfolio section to help readers gain ideas, then moves to design and planning information. Next there are comprehensive sections on basic and deck building techniques, followed by a chapter that shows step-by-step procedures for building seven popular deck designs. As a bonus, the book includes a chapter on popular deck accessories, and also shows how to modify a deck design for a truly custom look. In addition to the basic deck-building methods covered, readers will also learn how to build multi-level decks, how to build stairways with landings, how to build curved decks, how to build decks with unusual angles, how to create overhead screens, and how to add electrical service and lighting fixtures to a deck.




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RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers by Christopher Brickell
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Christopher Brickell
(2006)
Hardcover - 744 pages
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN: 1405314540




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The classic must-have for any gardener planning, developing and nurturing their dream garden, from the experts at the RHS. This book is packed with advice on over 8,000 plants, with all you need to know on cultivation, pests, diseases and choosing the right plant for the right place. It now features a new section on choosing the best plants for year-round colour in your garden.




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The Allotment Book by Andi Clevely
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Andi Clevely
(2006)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Collins
ISBN: 000720759X




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A wonderfully illustrated celebration of the blood, sweat and joy to be had 'growing your own' in an allotment - with the in-depth, practical gardening know-how Collins is renowned for. No longer considered the preserve of old men in sheds, allotment gardening is currently enjoying a renaissance of interest. People of all ages and from all walks of life are digging their own plots in search of the ultimate in fresh, organic produce - and you cannot get more locally-sourced than your own allotment! This book testifies to the new vibrancy of allotment culture, aiming both to inspire the next generation of plot-holders and to provide all the practical knowledge needed to turn a patch of soil into a lifelong adventure. Open to all the new eco-gardening techniques, and the various weird and wonderful ways people make use of their plots, contents include: the history of allotments - from 19th century origins, through wartime 'Dig for Victory', to the cosmopolitan communities of today; features photos and interviews with current plot-holders; planning your perfect allotment - finding it, assessing it, clearing the ground and working out what to grow the brown stuff - all you need to know about soil management. It also features the key to growing success choosing a gardening method - organic, biodynamic, rotation beds, companion planting, greenhouse, multi-level, potager, cottage garden, and so on. The hard stuff - constructing sheds, compost bins, cold frames, fruit cages, ponds, seating and play areas selecting crops - what and how to grow, from parsnips and peas to chilli peppers and lemon grass cultivation techniques - digging, sowing, feeding, weeding and harvesting, plus troubleshooting pests and diseases the allotment calendar - extensive, month-by-month look at what's in season, jobs for now and looking ahead.




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Historic Gardens of Cornwall by Timothy Mowl
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Timothy Mowl
(2005)
Paperback - 208 pages
Tempus Publishing
ISBN: 0752434365




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This is the fourth volume in Timothy Mowl's ground-breaking county series on historic English gardens, now sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust. Cornwall is particularly strong on nineteenth- and twentieth-century gardens, in which the mild climate allows many exotic species to flourish. The 'Lost' Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project have made the county a particular favourite among garden-lovers. As in Dr Mowl's previous volumes there is nothing bland about either his selection of important gardens or his comments about them, which are as incisive as they are informed




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Gardens of the National Trust by Stephen Lacey
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Stephen Lacey
(2005)
Hardcover - 400 pages
National Trust Books
ISBN: 1905400004




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When the National Trust decided to take on the care of gardens, the aim was that these would be the very best of their kind in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Trust now has the finest collection of gardens ever assembled under one ownership - the greatest in number, diversity, historic importance and quality. Taken together they contain the world's most important collection of cultivated plants, distinguished for their beauty, rarity, historical interest and scientific value. First published in 1996, this new edition has been substantially revised to showcase superb new photography, and to introduce recently acquired properties such as Greenway in Devon and the gardens of houses such as Red House in Kent and Tyntesfield in Somerset. Stephen Lacey paints a vivid picture of individual Trust gardens through historical and horticultural perspectives. He gives his personal take, describing the present state of each and placing it firmly within the context of gardening history in Britain. All the major periods are represented: a knot garden from a 1640 design at Moseley Old Hall in Staffordshire; magnificent eighteenth-century landscapes such as 'Capability' Brown's at Petworth in Sussex; Victorian Gardens like Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, with its wealth of new plants introduced from all over the world; and the famous plantsmen's gardens of the last century, such as Nymans in Sussex, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, and Hidcote in Gloucestershire.




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The Gardener's Year by Alan Titchmarsh
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Alan Titchmarsh
(2005)
Hardcover - 312 pages
BBC Books
ISBN: 0563521678




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Best-selling author Alan Titchmarsh presents an essential month-by-month guide to the gardening year. The book will be released to coincide with a BBC2 6 x 30 television series to be broadcast in early 2006. This is a practical and accessible book that readers can dip into throughout the year to check exactly what needs doing and when. In-depth and packed full of useful tips, "The Gardener's Year" includes advice on everything from lawns and borders to containers and greenhouses. Alan's most recent gardening books: "How to be a Gardener 1 & 2" were the fastest selling gardening books ever with sales of over 1 million copies to date.




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Children and Their Environments: Learning, Using and Designing Spaces by Christopher Spencer (Editor), Mark Blades (Editor)
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Christopher Spencer (Editor), Mark Blades (Editor)
(2005)
Paperback - 250 pages
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521546826




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This fascinating book examines theories of children's perceptions of space and place and explores how these theories are applied to the world of children. The focus is on children in large real world spaces; places that children live in, explore and learn from. These include classrooms, playgrounds, homes and yards, towns, communities, countryside, natural environments, and the wider world. An international team of authors compare the experiences of children from different cultures and backgrounds. Often excluded from discussions of place-design on the presumption of lack of awareness, young children have many environmental competencies which should lead to their inclusion. They can read maps and study photographs, respond to the natural and man-made world with great sensitivity, and contribute considerably to the community. This book will appeal to environmental and developmental psychologists and geographers, and also to planners by linking research on children's understandings and on their daily lives to recommendations for practice.




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Landscape Design in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Mixing Foreign Trees with the Natives by Finola O'Kane
Sapling.info Bookstore in association with Amazon.co.uk Landscape Design in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Mixing Foreign Trees with the Natives

Finola O'Kane
(2005)
Hardcover - 288 pages
Cork University Press
ISBN: 185918362X




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Within the walls of the demesne, the Anglo-Irish ascendancy constructed their vision of an Irish Utopia. Ideal landscapes were designed and planted out with standard temperate trees and newly introduced exotics from the Americas. Ideal cottages were built, paternalistic estate management structures developed, and complex planning and design theories indulged. Masques and plays, morally suspect in the strict Protestant ethos of the time, flourished within the enclosed world of the demesne. Robert Molesworth's radical Whig landscape influenced both Jonathan Swift and the Earl of Shaftesbury's political and aesthetic ideas. The women of Carton and Castletown employed the theatrical tradition of French gardens to explore controversial lifestyles. This book seeks to explore how and why the landscapes were designed, who designed them, who used them, and for what purpose. Detailed studies of selected and connected gardens were used to explore these questions, and the smaller compass is hopefully countered by a more detailed context. Some of the gardens recreated retain much valuable evidence on the ground, while others have been pieced together from documentary sources, in particular the copious personal letters which survive. The existing gardens themselves are constantly in flux, as the source material grows and dies, or is more commonly axed by development. The disciplines of art history, architecture, engineering and planning are hauled informally together, to examine the role these disciplines have played, and should play, in creating and protecting the designed environment.




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Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape by Peter Reed
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Peter Reed
(2005)
Paperback - 168 pages
Museum of Modern Art, New York
ISBN: 087070379X




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Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape presents twenty-three projects that reveal the surge of creativity and discussion surrounding the designed landscape in a broad, principally urban, international context. In the last twenty years, many significant new public spaces have been created for sites that have been reclaimed from conflict, environmental degradation and abandonment. The projects, found throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, were selected for their outstanding design, and to demonstrate a variety of scales, contexts, materials and types of spaces. This fully illustrated volume includes an essay by Peter Reed, Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, that demonstrates how these innovative projects expand the definition of the modernist landscape while responding to a variety of conditions such as social function and the transformation and reclamation of formerly industrial areas. The essay is followed by a full-colour plate section featuring the selected projects. Catalogue entries for each project provide a succinct description of the site, its transformation and design concepts illustrated by photographs, drawings and models.




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Great City Parks by Alan Tate
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Alan Tate
(2004)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415306361




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Great City Parks is a comparative study of twenty significant public parks in a number of major cities in Western Europe and North America. As a collection they give a clear picture of why parks have been created, how they have been designed, how they are managed, and what plans are being made for them at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The examination of each park looks at the size and condition of the sites at the time of designation, and looks at the reason for their designation and at the key figures behind the decisions to build them. The principal designers are profiled in terms of their backgrounds and the values that they brought to the projects. Each park is then examined in terms of its planning and design - looking at its location in the city, and the shape, size and existing landform of the site. The original design concept is reviewed in terms of spatial structure, circulation systems and intended character. The examinations then review the current status of the parks, looking at the organisations which manage them - how they are appointed; how they canvass their users' views; how the parks are funded - and at the patterns of use. The final sections of each park study looks at current plans for each of the parks. The study concludes by considering whether there are clear planning, design and management criteria for 'successful' city parks. Great City Parks is a celebration and rationale for some of the finest achievements of landscape architecture in the public realm. Based on unique research including extensive site visits and interviews with the managing organisations, the text is amplified by clear plans and professional photographs for each park. This book reflects a belief that well-planned, well-designed and well-managed parks remain invaluable components of liveable and hospitable cities. This fascinating book will appeal to Landscape Architects, Architects, Urban Planners, Park Managers, and anyone who appreciates the special role of parks in our urban environment.




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Landscape Graphics by Grant W. Reid
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Grant W. Reid
(2002 - New Edition)
Paperback - 216 pages
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 0823073335




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A new revised edition of the classic industry reference, 'Landscape Graphics' is the ultimate guide to all the basic graphics techniques used in landscape design and landscape architecture. Progressing from the basics into more sophisticated techniques, this guide offers clear instruction on graphic language and the design process, the basics of drafting, lettering, freehand drawing and conceptual diagramming, perspective drawing, section elevations and more. It also features carefully sequenced exercises, a complete file of graphic symbols for sections and perspectives, and a handy appendix of conversions and equivalents




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The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz by Tim Richardson, Martha Schwartz
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Tim Richardson, Martha Schwartz
(2004)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500511314




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A monograph on Martha Schwartz, a US landscape designer of international repute. It consists of over 30 works in her exuberant style, most built, from places as far apart as Japan, Sweden, the UK and Canada.




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Ecology, Community and Delight by Ian Thompson
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Ian Thompson
(1999)
Paperback - 216 pages
E & FN Spon
ISBN: 0419236104




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Landscape architecture is a profession with a chronic identity crisis. Is it primarily concerned with making beautiful places, helping people, or saving the planet from ecological catastrophe? This book examines the three principal value systems which influence landscape architectural practice - the aesthetic, the social and the environmental - and seeks to discover the role that the profession should be playing now and for the future. The book integrates an investigation of historical sources with contemporary research into the beliefs and values of practitioners. It is structured in three main sections, dealing respectively with aesthetics (delight), ecology and sustainability, and social values. The aesthetics section is sub-divided into chapters examining natural aesthetics and chapters which look at the values implicit in designed landscapes. Each chapter which traces the development of a theme is followed by a corresponding chapter based upon interviews which demonstrates the ways such ideas are reflected in practice.




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The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture by Nikolaus Pevsner, John Fleming, Hugh Honour
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Nikolaus Pevsner, John Fleming, Hugh Honour
(1999)
Paperback - 656 pages
Penguin Books
ISBN: 014051323X




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This reference of architecture and landscape architecture terminology has been expanded to include developments in the field of landscape architecture. It includes the huge range of building traditions around the world and all the illustrations have been redrawn.




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The Garden Design Sourcebook: The Essential Guide to Garden Materials and Structures by David Stevens
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David Stevens
(1998)
Paperback - 191 pages
Conran Octopus
ISBN: 1850299684




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A design-oriented guide to choosing and using garden materials. Entries cover every dimension of the garden and include "hard" and "soft" landscaping materials. A section shows how to age and match up garden materials, along with a guide to garden restoration and maintenance.




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The Garden at Highgrove by HRH The Prince of Wales, Candida Lycett Green
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HRH The Prince of Wales, Candida Lycett Green
(2000)
Hardcover - 176 pages
Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated
ISBN: 0297825445




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Most people will know two things about the garden at Highgrove - that it is organic and that, notoriously, the Prince of Wales talks to the plants he grows there. As The Garden at Highgrove lavishly demonstrates, it is a garden of very considerable interest and beauty, blending idiosyncratic touches into the traditional, romantic English country style. Although parts of the garden are laid out on a grand scale, much of it is intimate, forming a series of enclosed, room-like spaces. Evident everywhere is the Prince's respect for nature, from the underlying organic, self-sufficient methodology to the large-scale experiment in the restitution of a species-rich wild flower meadow. (The latter is expected to take at least a hundred years before the true balance of plant types is restored - an indication of the seriousness of purpose.) Although he has had advice and assistance from many leading garden and plant specialists, including Rosemary Verey, Sir Roy Strong and Miriam Rothschild, the Prince's personality, traditional-minded but with what seem to be strong streaks of competitiveness and bloody-mindedness, is everywhere apparent. Another presence, rarely alluded to, also haunts the place. Highgrove is an exemplary garden, and this is a very interesting book, beautifully illustrated and full of lessons in how hand and heart can work together in the garden. --Robin Davidson




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The English Urban Landscape by Philip Waller (Editor)
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Philip Waller (Editor)
(2000)
Hardcover - 352 pages
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198601174




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The emphasis in this work is that of the historian, rather than the physical geographer: that is, a primary focus on the people who make the landscapes, the changing social structure of the communities, and the different economies which sustained them. The 13 chapters combine chronological and thematic surveys. After a general introduction by Dr Waller, chapters 2-5 provide overviews of how the urban landscape in England developed during the Roman period, the Early Medieval period, the Medieval period, and the Early Modern Period. The second, larger part of the text offers a variety of thematic approaches to the history of the built environment, with a focus on the 1800s and 1900s: metropolitanism, the commercial city, the industrial city, transport, slums and suburbs, recreation, civil and ecclesiastical, and artistic and literary.




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Public and Private Spaces of the City by Ali Madanipour
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Ali Madanipour
(2003)
Paperback - 272 pages
Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd
ISBN: 0415256291




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The subdivision of our social world and the spaces we inhabit into public and private spheres is one of the key features of how a society organises itself. This affects individuals' mental states and experiences, regulates their behaviour, and superimposes a long lasting structure onto human societies. This book sets out to find out how and why social space is subdivided in this way and to explore the nature of each realm as defined by spatial and symbolic boundaries. To understand this dichotomous organization of space and society, the investigation is conducted along three scales: spatial scale (body, home, neighbourhood, city), degrees of exclusivity and openness (from the most private to the most public) and modes of social encounter and association with space (personal, interpersonal, impersonal). Starting from the private, interior space of the mind, it moves outwards to the extensions of the body in space, the personal space. The book then visits the home, the domains of privacy, intimacy and property, followed by interpersonal spaces of sociability among strangers, communal spaces of the neighbourhood, the material and institutional public sphere and the impersonal spaces of the city. As the shape of the city and the characteristics of urban life are influenced by the way public and private distinction is made, the role of urban designers becomes ever more significant. By establishing a flexible and elaborate boundary between the two realms, urbanism can be enriched, where the danger of encroachment by private interests into the public realm and the threat of public intrusion into the private sphere are both minimised and carefully managed.




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Modern Garden Design: Innovation Since 1900 by Janet Waymark
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Janet Waymark
(2003)
Hardcover - 256 pages
Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500511128




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Gardens in the 20th century reach back into the Victorian era and forward into the age of Land Art. This survey, from Europe to South America, and Japan to the US, takes in many familiar designers including Robinson, Jekyll, Jensen, Farrand, Sessions, Mawson, Church, Sorenson and Jellicoe. The book traces the revolutionary post-war period - the Harvard rebels, Eckbo, Rose and Kily; Noguchi, Burle Marx and Barragan - and the powerful influence of the Scandinavian landscape designers. The garden city is given close attention, from late Victorian Britain, through the Greenbelt Towns in the American Midwest, to the latest regeneration of urban centres worldwide. Notable artists and architects also feature here: Monet, Le Corbusier, Mondrian, Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Gaudi among others. Land artists have brought landscape and the garden into the 21st century and include Robert Smithson and Kathryn Gustafson in the US, and Richard Long, Andy Goldsworthy and Ian Hamilton Finlay in the UK.




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Little Sparta: The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay by Jessie Sheeler, Andrew Lawson (Photographer)
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Jessie Sheeler, Andrew Lawson (Photographer)
(2003)
Hardcover - 160 pages
Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 0711220859




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Sir Roy Strong calls Little Sparta "the only really original garden made in this country since 1945". Ian Hamilton Finlay's unique creation in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is a garden composed as an artwork in itself. It incorporates concrete poetry, moral polemic, philosophical reflection and a sparkling sense of humour. While Finlay's works and installations throughout Europe and North America are well documented and justly famous, this is the first book devoted solely to the garden at Little Sparta, which has been at the heart of his life's work. It offers readers a sense of the diversity and originality of the garden along with a text that unfolds the layers of meaning it contains.




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Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama
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Simon Schama
(1996 - New Edition)
Paperback - 702 pages
Fontana Press
ISBN: 0006863485




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How does environment influence history? How are events and personalities, wars and nationalities shaped by their surroundings, by the very rise and fall of earth, water and forest? This work attempts to answer these questions and gives a portrait of the world around us and how it shapes us.




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In Ruins by Christopher Woodward
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Christopher Woodward
(2001)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Chatto and Windus
ISBN: 070116896X




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Why are we so fascinated by ruins? Do we see them as jig-saws and riddles or romantic evocations of the damage of time, complete with crumbling stone and ivy? This book looks back to the start of the cult in the 18th century, when follies were built in English landscape gardens. It takes the reader from Troy and Pompeii to Nazi fantasies, the shattered Statue of Liberty in the film "Planet of the Apes" and the Chelsea Flower Show's "Millennium Ruin".




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Here Comes the Sun by Ken Worpole
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Ken Worpole
(2000)
Paperback - 168 pages
Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861890737




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This work looks at how social reformers, planners and architects in the early 20th century tried to remake the city in the image of a sunlit, ordered utopia. Worpole concentrates less on buildings and more on the planning of the spaces in between - the parks, squares, promenades and pools.




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Guide to Professional Practice for Landscape Architects by Rachel Tennant, Nicola Garmony, Clare Winsch
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Rachel Tennant, Nicola Garmony, Clare Winsch
(2001)
Paperback - 188 pages
Architectural Press
ISBN: 075064818X




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This guide is about the practical issues of being successful in the landscape design business. It is intended for students preparing for the professional practice examinations and as a reminder for professionals. It covers the relevant but diverse legal, business and practical contract management themes, and key schedules and acts. It is relevant in the UK and in all countries in the Commonwealth that practice under UK rules.




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