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The Story of Gardening

by Penelope Hobhouse, Ambra Edwards

Gift Books Home & Garden

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Beginning with the origins of gardens, this gloriously illustrated expedition through time and place begins in ancient Mesopotamia and explores the luscious gardens of the Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians. From here we move to Ancient Greece and Rome, to the beginnings of botany and Roman topiary. The coverage of the gardens of Islam is especially gratifying with the authors’ description of them as being “among the most sublime in the world - soothing, refreshing and deeply spiritual” borne out by the accompanying photography and images of ancient art, tiles, textiles and scripts. Later we enter the complex formalised gardens of 17th century France, celebrated as expressions of “French rationalism”, and then comes an unearthing of the founding of Kew Gardens, before we discover the history and charms of gardens of the Americas, China and Japan.

Written by gardening history doyenne Penelope Hobhouse and celebrated writer Ambra Edwards, this is a dazzlingly informative labour of love.

Joanne Owen

The Story of Gardening Synopsis

A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic.

From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most beautiful and magnificent gardens.

The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed.

Unrivalled in its coverage and written with the author's characteristic clarity and authority, this exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to gardening enthusiasts or all ages and levels of expertise.

Chapters include:

The Origins of Gardening: the gardens of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia.

Gardens of Ancient Greece and Rome: The beginnings of botany and herbalism and design developments in the Classical world.

The Gardens of Islam: the `fourfold' garden's spread from the Middle East.

The Medieval Gardens of Christendom: The layers of meaning in the gardens of the Middle Ages.

The Renaissance Vision in Italy: The transition from classical villa gardens.

The Flowering of the European Garden: Louis XIV's power-gardening.

Plants on the Move: Early plant enthusiasts who searched for new species.

The English Landscape Garden: The 18th century Landscape Movement

The Eclectic 19th Century: European gardening during technological change.

The Americas Gardening's evolution on the American continent.

Gardens of China: Chinese gardening's links with the landscape and painting.

The Japanese Garden: Japanese design's influence on the rest of the world.

From Naturalism to Modernism: Pioneer voices as gardening goes global.

Visions of the Future: The faces shaping gardening in the 21st century.

The Story of Gardening Press Reviews

'What Penelope [Hobhouse] so successfully achieves is casting the visions of today over the layers of the past, contextualising them in a way that diminishes neither the new nor the old...Comprehensive work' - House & Garden

'Deservedly claims its position on the bookshelf' - The English Garden

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ISBN: 9781911595748
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911595748
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Penelope Hobhouse, Ambra Edwards
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: Gift Books, Home & Garden,
Categories: Gardens (descriptions, history etc),

About Penelope Hobhouse, Ambra Edwards

Penelope Hobhouse is one of the most revered exponents of horticulture and international garden history. Her numerous books have provided inspiration to gardeners around the world. She has created gardens in Britain, France, Italy, Australia and the United States through her successful international practice. Between 1980 and 1993, she and her late husband restored and revived the Arts and Crafts garden at Tintinhull, a National Trust property in Somerset and, most recently, she has also been involved in the restoration of the Aberglasney Gardens in Wales. Award winning writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards is author of the National Trust's definitive history ...

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