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Library Journal
The photographs presented here are as lavish as the gardens of the grand English country houses they illustrate. While many of the gardens no longer exist, they can be enjoyed again through these photographs. Full-page illustrations reflect the evolution of the taste of the wealthy (or aspiring to be wealthy) readers of the British magazine Country Life, from whose archives the photographs come. Elliott, librarian and archivist of the Royal Horticultural Society, provides a concise history of the main trends in English garden design in the 19th and early 20th centuries, from the influence of Gertrude Jekyll, a contributor and advisor to the magazine, to the modernism of the 1930s. Recommended for all garden history collections.-Daniel Starr, Museum of Modern Art Lib., New York
Alice Joyce
Archival photographs from the English magazine "County Life" are featured in this strikingly elegant volume. Two hundred luminous black-and-white images depict the grand gardens of England's manor houses and estates, with many historically significant landscapes from the first 50 years of this century among those illustrated. Amply demonstrating the learned gleanings of an expert on themes horticultural, Elliott's text illuminates such planting styles as the exuberant designs associated with the arts and crafts movement and the now nearly inviolable gardens design by the consummate plantswoman, Gertrude Jekyll, and her colleague, architect Edwin Lutyens. A sumptuous feast of a book and one that allows readers rare glimpses of visionary gardens long since changed or destroyed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857326970
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.71 (w) x 12.91 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Gardens of Prospect 12
Gardens of Enclosure 24
Arts and Crafts Planting 36
Lutyens and Jekyll 50
Arts and Crafts Design 62
Woodland Gardens 76
Rock Gardens 88
Topiary Variations 100
English Renaissance 110
Interwar Baroque 122
Neo-Georgian 134
Interwar Planting 148
Modernism 164
Landscape Revival 174
Bodnant 184
Index 190
Acknowledgments 191
References 192
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