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This gorgeously illustrated volume will sweep readers away to the extraordinary, world-renowned gardens of the British Isles, from elegant formal gardens such as Packwood in Warwickshire to the rambling and rustic Hill Top in Cumbria. Lush photos -- as well as the accompanying text -- capture the splendor of each season and each unique landscape, covering England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
Among the fruits of spring are glimpses of Knightshayes Court in Devonshire -- a garden famous for its plant collection -- and the classical landscape of Stourhead in Wiltshire. Summer sees the grounds of Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire and the vibrantly colorful gardens of Mount Stewart in County Down in all their splendor. Fall foliage is on display in the picturesque Sheffield Park in Sussex, as well as in Bodnant in North Wales. And winter's stark beauty is illuminated by views of Anglesley Abbey and Polesden Lacey.
While many of the featured gardens are typical of the British horticultural tradition -- well manicured and meticulously laid out -- there are also a great many gems in the book that defy our conception of an English garden: a delightful Oriental garden boasting exotic plantings and a brightly colored temple, and a Palladian home as the focal point for a garden landscape that looks like something out of Roman antiquity are among the pleasant surprises.
This beautifully produced book displays gardens that are the pride of their country (each of the properties in the book is under the tutelage of Britain's National Trust) and are sure to become garden lovers' favorites for the whole year round.