Rothschild Gardens: A Family's Tribute to Nature

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The Rothschild family, renowned as bankers, have had a huge impact on Western social and political history over nearly two centuries. Less well-known is their influence on the landscape, for many members of the family have been passionate and knowledgeable gardeners, skillfully creating magnificent parklands and gardens throughout England, Europe, and elsewhere. Enthusiastic and flamboyant, the Rothschilds have always been fond of showy bedding displays and elaborate topiary, but they have also enjoyed producing ...
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The Rothschild family, renowned as bankers, have had a huge impact on Western social and political history over nearly two centuries. Less well-known is their influence on the landscape, for many members of the family have been passionate and knowledgeable gardeners, skillfully creating magnificent parklands and gardens throughout England, Europe, and elsewhere. Enthusiastic and flamboyant, the Rothschilds have always been fond of showy bedding displays and elaborate topiary, but they have also enjoyed producing fruit and vegetables. Baron Edmond delighted guests at his households in Paris and Boulogne by inviting them to pick fresh fruit - ripe red or black cherries, or greengage plums - straight from dwarf trees brought into the dining room! More than just a book about beautiful gardens and estates, this is a combination of glorious photographs, extraordinary anecdotes, vast fortunes, and magnificent gardens. Archival pictures of many of the gardens and the characters involved accompany Miriam Rothschild's intimate, amusing look at the competitiveness and drive for perfection that has typified her family's behavior in gardening, as well as in business.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789208286
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

The Rothschild Gardeners - Family Tree vi
Preface viii
Part 1 The Rothschild Gardens 10
Chapter 1 A Passion for Gardening 12
Part 2 Glorious Gardens 30
Chapter 2 Waddesdon Manor 32
Chapter 3 Exbury 48
Chapter 4 Ascott 72
Chapter 5 Ashton Wold 82
Chapter 6 Ramat Hanadiv 108
Part 3 Past Gardeners 116
Chapter 7 Beatrice Ephrussi - Villa Ile de France 118
Chapter 8 Alfred de Rothschild - Halton 126
Part 4 The Rothschild Parks 134
Chapter 9 Rothschild Parks 136
Chapter 10 Tring Park 142
Chapter 11 Langau 152
Chapter 12 Pregny 158
The Aftermath of War 164
A Fortunate Juxtaposition 170
Appendix Rothschild Flowers 174
Bibliography 184
Index 187
Picture credits 190
Publisher's Acknowledgements 190
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