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The Wild Garden by William Robinson A New Illustrated Edition with Photographs and Notes by Charles Nelson by William Robinson, Nelson Charles
  

The Wild Garden by William Robinson A New Illustrated Edition with Photographs and Notes by Charles Nelson

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The Wild Garden by William Robinson A New Illustrated Edition with Photographs and Notes by Charles Nelson by William Robinson, Nelson Charles

Few people have owned a copy of The Wild Garden, yet it is one of the most influential books published in the history of gardening. Published in 1870, it was revised many times during Robinson's long life. It challenged the prevailing formal bedding style, advocating a naturalistic approach, using hardy perennials and annuals to provide long-lasting, self-perpetuating displays in the same way as they do in the wild. The book has a special resonance for Irish gardens and gardeners, not simply because Robinson is Irish and trained as a gardener in Ireland. The style of gardening he advocates succeeds very well in the Irish landscape and climate and, some might say, appeals to the Irish character. This edition, the first published in Ireland, is augmented with captivating photographs of plants discussed by Robinson and notes by Charles Nelson, whose introductory essay sets Robinson and his book in context.

Reviews

'Excellent ... a must for keen gardeners, those generally interested in native plants and ecologists of every persuasion'
Irish Examiner

'Wonderful and worthwhile [...] no one is better qualified or suited to add comment to it than Charles Nelson'
Irish Garden Plant Society

'Attractive as well as an authoritative work'
The Horticulturalist

'[Charles Neslon] most ably brings an old book to life - and encourages the continuation of a style of gardening ideally suited to both the Irish climate and temperament'
Sherkin Comment 2011

About the Author

William Robinson (1838-1935), 'The Father of the English Flower Garden', left Ireland about 1861 and thereafter lived in England. He worked in the Botanic Gardens in London but gave up practical gardening in 1866 to become an extremely successful journalist, author and publisher. In 1885 he purchased Gravetye Manor in Sussex, where he established a renowned garden, still extant. He travelled extensively and often visited Ireland and the gardens now classified as 'Robinsonian'. Charles Nelson was senior research botanist and horticultural taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Author or co-author of many books about plants and gardens, he is an acknowledged expert who presented RTE radio programmes about Irish gardeners. His latest book, An Irishman's Cuttings - Tales of Irish Gardens and Gardeners, Plants and Planthunters (2009), includes two essays about William Robinson.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th August 2010

Author

William Robinson, Nelson Charles

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Publisher

The Collins Press

Format

Hardback
236 pages

Categories

Natural & wild gardening
Gardens (descriptions, history etc)

ISBN

9781848890350

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