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The Scottish Gardener by Suki Urquhart
  

The Scottish Gardener

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The Scottish Gardener by Suki Urquhart

Gardens have been created to fulfill many functions: some to provide food or medicine, others for pleasure and recreation or simply to reflect the wealth and status of their creators. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of Scottish gardens and their creators, whether they be herbalists, plant collectors, nurserymen, botanists, artists or amateurs. It also traces the development of different types of garden - monastic gardens, royal gardens, walled gardens and town and village gardens - through the ages. By focusing on around sixty Scottish gardens, Suki Urquhart examines the distinctive tradition of Scottish gardening, how it has developed over time, and how it has been shaped by climate, conflicts and changing fashions. Since the emphasis is very much on how gardeners stamp their own character on their gardens, it is private rather than public gardens which are featured here. Information is given on visiting the gardens.

Reviews

'At last, a readable and spirited book which relates the gardens to the character of their creators and the prevailing forces and fashions which shaped them' - The Herald 'a very special book' - Scots Magazine 'beautiful' - Country Living'


About the Author

Suki Urquhart started gardening in the Far East. In the mid 1970s she moved back to her native Scotland where she gardened around a sixteenth-century tower house. Since then she has lived and created gardens for herself throughout Scotland. She became a fulltime garden designer in the 1980s and she has worked as a freelance garden and features writer for numerous magazines and newspapers since 1996. Ray Cox's family has been involved in horticulture for three generations. He is a full-time garden and plant photographer whose work has been published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, books, websites, calendars and greetings cards throughout Europe and America.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2011

Author

Suki Urquhart

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Publisher

Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Gardening

ISBN

9781841589527

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