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The Cornwall Gardens Guide by Douglas Ellory Pett, Margaret Grose


The Cornwall Gardens Guide by Douglas Ellory Pett, Margaret Grose

Completely revised and updated, the second edition of The Cornwall Gardens Guide contains many gardens that have opened to the public since the Guide was first published in 2003. Described as 'an essential companion for anyone who enjoys visiting Cornwall's wealth of gardens', this book is a comprehensive visitor's guide to over 130 gardens in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly open to the public. Written by the author of the standard reference work, The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall , with additional research by Margaret Grose, the text is thoroughly researched, informative, accessible and up to date. The guide is copiously illustrated with colour photographs - over 100 of which are new to this edition - and includes a general introduction to the geology, climate and garden history of Cornwall; a list of nurseries and garden centres in the county, and a calendar of garden opening times.


'comprehensive coverage of gardens to visit in Cornwall ... features more than 130 gardens, with glorious images'
(The English Garden

, May 2006) 'a valuable counterweight to the idea that, once you have seen The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, there is little else to see in the county. ... describes the gardens
history and plants

... the photographs make each individual place look well worth visiting.
(Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter

, no. 21, May 2006) 'a visual treat... If you love visiting gardens, then this book is an absolute essential ... you are guaranteed to want to keep turning the pages ... will keep you occupied for hours planning your next garden excursions
(Cornwall Life

, June/July 2006)

About the Author

Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first experience of large-scale gardening as Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pursued geological and other field studies in Cornwall, and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly-formed Cornwall Gardens Trust. He was a member of the Garden History Society; author of Creative Gardeners (Alison Hodge, 2005); The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 1998); editor of From A Cornish Bishop's Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001); co-author of The Historic Gardens of Cornwall (1991), and a regular contributor to The Cornish Garden. Margaret Grose was educated at Truro County Grammar School, and obtained a degree in Medieval and Modern History from the University of London. She worked in Truro City Library before becoming history teacher at Tremough Convent School. She obtained an MA in the History of Modern Art and Design from Falmouth College of Art, and subsequently published a book on the Historic Estate at Tremough. She is a member of the Garden History Society and the Cornwall Garden Society.

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Publication date

16th March 2006


Douglas Ellory Pett, Margaret Grose

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280 pages


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