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How to Read Gardens a crash course in garden appreciation

by Lorraine Harrison

How to Read Gardens a crash course in garden appreciation Synopsis

Visiting gardens has never been more popular but not many of us understand what we are looking at when strolling through a beautiful garden - are we looking at an original landscaped site or a recreation? Is the planting matter authentic or made up of modern hybrids? Are the steps and terracing in the Italianate style or are they Arts and Crafts? The truth is that most gardens of any age are like a palimpsest: successive generations have changed and influenced the soft and hard fabric of the place over time. Inevitably many of the gardens we wander through today are an amalgam of changing fashions and circumstance. How to Read Gardens provides the reader with all the knowledge he or she needs to tease out the clues that will tell the complete story of a garden's past. From the grandest estate to the smallest suburban plot, this book will enliven and inform every visit.

How to Read Gardens a crash course in garden appreciation Press Reviews

This handy pocket sized guidebook would be a useful companion for visitors to any garden, great or small, historic or modern, public or private. * Countryman * This attractive and lavishly illustrated book is an ideal present for friends who claim not to know much about the history of gardens, but delight in visiting them * Cornwall Garden Trust Journal *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789940282
Publication date: 26th December 2019
Author: Lorraine Harrison
Publisher: Herbert Press Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Gardens (descriptions, history etc), Garden design & planning,

About Lorraine Harrison

Lorraine Harrison has a masters degree in Garden History from the University of London and has written several books on the subject. When not tending her own plot, she enjoys other people's gardens whether large or small, grand or humble.

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