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Coloured by Jenny Uglow's own love for plants, and brought to life in the many vivid illustrations, this book deals not only with flowery meads, grottoes and vistas, landscapes and ha-has, parks and allotments, but tells you, for example, how the Tudors made their curious knots; how housewives used herbs to stop freckles; how the suburbs dug for victory in World War II. With a brief guide to particular historic or evocative gardens open to the public, this is a book to put in your pocket when planning a summer day out - but also to read in your deckchair with a glass of cold wine, when dead-heading is simply too much.
'Uglow's account of a national obsession is a delight from beginning to end' The Observer
'This book will be a joy for any gardener' The Independent
'The biographer of Gaskell and Hogarth now takes us into the garden, where plants glow and miniature landscapes unfold at the touch of her easy prose' Sunday Telegraph
'Enchanting, stirringly evocative and fascinating' Daily Mail
'Elegant history...It is beautifully written and lets you see your own humble plot in its historical and geographical context' Daily Telegraph
Publication date: 06/04/2017
|Publication date:||6th April 2017|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Home & Garden,|
|Categories:||Gardens (descriptions, history etc),|
Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria, and then Dorset. After leaving Oxford, she worked in publishing and is now an Editorial Director of Chatto and Windus, part of Random House. She reviews for radio and for the Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Times and the Guardian, and acts as historical consultant on several BBC 'classic serials', including Wives and Daughters, The Way We Live Now, Daniel Deronda, and the forthcoming Trollope adaptation He Knew He Was Right. Jenny is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was on the Advisory Group for the Humanities of the British Library, and is ...More About Jenny Uglow