The English Garden

The English Garden

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by Ursula Buchan
     
 

Gardening writer Ursula Buchan has combined forces with garden photographer Andrew Lawson to explore the English garden and capture its richness and diversity. Focusing on gardens that are open to visitors, she explains the historical trends and the work of garden makers of the past that have shaped the English gardens we see today. With a wealth of outstanding

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Gardening writer Ursula Buchan has combined forces with garden photographer Andrew Lawson to explore the English garden and capture its richness and diversity. Focusing on gardens that are open to visitors, she explains the historical trends and the work of garden makers of the past that have shaped the English gardens we see today. With a wealth of outstanding examples, illustrated with 350 photographs, she describes many garden styles – formality, the landscape tradition, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage garden and recent phenomena such as New Naturalism. Color, water, ornament and foreign influences are among the themes she considers, as well as such defining characteristics as the very English urge to grow flowers and the nation's love of roses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711226388
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
10/23/2006
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,367,491
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 12.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Ursula Buchan is an award-winning garden journalist and author of more than 20 years' experience. After Cambridge University, she trained as a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has presented two series on flower shows for Channel 4 and has appeared on BBC radio. She writes regularly on gardens for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator and has published many books.

ANDREW LAWSON is widely regarded as England's leading garden photographer. He has provided the photographs for many books, including Good Planting by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Designing Gardens (9780711217577) by Arabella Lennox Boyd, Little Sparta (9780711220850) by Jessie Sheeler, The Garden at Highgrove by HRH Prince of Wales, and The English Garden (9780711226388) by Ursula Buchan and The New English Garden (9780711232709) also by Tim Richardson. He holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for Photography and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Writer's Guild. His garden in Oxfordshire is open under the National Gardens Scheme.

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English Garden 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of gardens of the world can be put into two major categories: formal gardens and naturalistic gardens. The formal gardens are represented by Egyptian gardens, Persian gardens, Islamic gardens, Italian gardens, French gardens, and some American gardens, etc. The naturalistic gardens are represented by some famous English gardens, Chinese gardens, and Japanese gardens, etc. If you mention English gardens, most people will think of large areas of lawns, trees, garden architecture, lakes and sky. These are the basic elements of a typical English landscape garden. 'The English Garden' covers not only the typical and well-known English landscape gardens, but also formal garden layout ''formal bones'', country gardens, kitchen gardens and contemporary gardens, influences from abroad, as well as garden ornament, plant materials such as English roses, etc. Ursula Buchan and Andrew Lawson wrote: 'All gardens, if they can be described as such, have ultimately to do with the desire of their maker to control their surroundings.' They continued to discuss the various periods of English gardens including the Roman period when the early formal gardens dominated and the Landscape Movement period when geometric forms were intentionally rejected. They also discussed knot gardens and parterres, Medieval courtyard gardens, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage gardens and the New Naturalism. 'The English Garden' is one of the most comprehensive books on English gardens open to visitors. It has 240 pages and over 300 color interior photographs. It is one of the indispensable books for English garden lovers.
obeythekitty More than 1 year ago
anyone interested in garden design will love this, Andrew Lawson's photos are artfully composed and printing of high quality, Ursula Buchan's narrative is informative and piques interest in further exploration of various gardens. Together they've produced a beautiful work highlighting both the tradition and whimsy of English gardens. highly recommended for gardeners, Anglophiles, or anyone who enjoys fine photography.