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The Garden at Levens by Chris Crowder
  

The Garden at Levens

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Synopsis

The Garden at Levens by Chris Crowder

At Levens Hall in the Lake District are the most famous and elaborate topiary gardens in Britain. They were first laid out in 1694 by Guillaume Beaumont, who also worked at Hampton Court Palace. The gardens have changed little since. In addition to the famous topiary, the gardens display stunning seasonal bedding, a wilderness , an orchard and vegetable and herb gardens in a series of small compartments, making them a useful source of inspiration for visitors. There is a wealth of contrasting features, and an impressive collection of plant varieties, not to mention the earliest ha-ha, or sunken ditch, in England. The gardens at Levens Hall resonate with their 300-year-old heritage while incorporating new developments and changing influences. Head gardener Chris Crowder narrates the rich history of the gardens and presents a detailed horticultural description of them today and the work that goes on there. The text is illustrated with new photography by Vivian Russell as well as illustrations from the Levens archives.

Reviews

... affectionate, informative history, half of which is devoted to the garden today, draws on a wealth of surviving primary-source material, allowing the voices of bygone gardeners to speak as the garden itself continues to do House & Garden ... a splendidly unpretentious and beautifully crafted book... You feel by the end of the book you know Levens Country Life ... a smashing book, large format and with superb photography by Vivian Russell Cumbria Life


About the Author

Chris Crowder has been the head gardener at Levens since 1986. Vivian Russell is a writer and photographer. An American by birth, she has lived in England and France for most of her life. Her book Monet's Garden won two Garden Writers' Guild Awards. She was a regular contributor to both Gardens Illustrated and the Daily Telegraph gardening supplement for many years.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2005

Author

Chris Crowder

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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
160 pages

Categories

Gardens (descriptions, history etc)

ISBN

9780711224346

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