Anna Pavord - Author

About the Author

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of several books including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, The Tulip. As well as writing for the Observer for twenty years, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated.
 
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Featured books by Anna Pavord

Growing Food

Growing Food

Author: Anna Pavord Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

In this revised and updated edition of her book The New Kitchen Garden, bestselling gardening writer Anna Pavord tells us all we need to know about growing fruit and vegetables.

The Curious Gardener

The Curious Gardener

Author: Anna Pavord Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

12 chapters - one from each month of the year together with 72 pieces on what to do in each month on all aspects of gardening and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, through reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls, Derek Jarman and garden design.

Other books by Anna Pavord

Landskipping Painters, Ploughmen and Places

Landskipping Painters, Ploughmen and Places

Author: Anna Pavord Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

A ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerise. Landskipping explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land, beginning in the eighteenth century when artists first started to paint English scenery, and the Lakes, as well as Snowdon, began to attract a new kind of visitor, the landscape tourist. Meanwhile, at the same time, an entirely different band of people, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land, looking at it in terms of its usefulness as well as its beauty. What emerges as universal then and now is a place's capacity to frame and define our experience. Moving from the rolling hills of Dorset to the peaks of the Scottish Highlands, this is an exquisite and compelling book, written by Anna Pavord with zest, passion and deep understanding.

Searching for Order The History of the Alchemists, Herbalists and Philosophers Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Plant World

Searching for Order The History of the Alchemists, Herbalists and Philosophers Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Plant World

Author: Anna Pavord Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2009

Searching for Order traces the search for order in the natural world, a search that for hundreds of years occupied some of the most brilliant minds in Europe. Redefining man's relationship with nature was an important feature of the Renaissance. But in a world full of plagues and poisons, there was also a practical need to name and recognise different plants: most medicines were made from plant extracts. Anna Pavord takes us on a thrilling adventure into botanical history, travelling from Athens in the third century BC, through Constantinople, Venice, the medical school at Salerno to the universities of Pisa and Padua. The journey, traced here for the first time, involves the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies and the first settlers in the New World. In Athens, Aristotle's pupil, Theophrastus, is the first man ever to write a book about plants. What should these things properly be called, he asks. How can we sort and order them? The debate continues still, two thousand years later. Gradually, over a long period in Europe, plants assumed identities and acquired names. Artists painted the first pictures of them. Plants acquired the two-part names that show how they are related to other plants. But who began all this work, and how was it done? Searching for Order gives a compelling insight into a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos.

Flower Power The Meaning of Flowers in Art 1500-2000

Flower Power The Meaning of Flowers in Art 1500-2000

Author: Anna Pavord, Andrew Moore, Christopher Garibaldi Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2003

This text brings together a wide variety of illustrations of the cut flower in the history of European fine and decorative art since 1500. It explains their symbolic meanings and demonstrates the response that flowers evoke in us all. The representation of non-European traditions, such as those of China, Japan and the Indian sub-continent, enriches the visual material and illustrates the differences between faiths and cultures. A series of thematic chapters follow a broadly chronological arrangement of works of fine and decorative art, manuscripts and books. The early symbolism and mythologies associated with flowers are illustrated through detailed medieval manuscripts. Illustrations of paintings, textiles, furniture, silver, and ceramics focus on individual flowers through the course of the book.

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