Year in the Garden: In England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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The great estates and country houses owned and preserved by the National Trust boast some of the most beautiful gardens in Britain. This breathtaking photographic tour invites readers to savor the seasonal pleasures of a wide variety of the Trust's gardens in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland— from small town gardens to vast expanses of landscape, from mazes and rose gardens to those with arbors and topiary.

Whether capturing the shades of autumn at Sheffield Park in Sussex ...

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Overview

The great estates and country houses owned and preserved by the National Trust boast some of the most beautiful gardens in Britain. This breathtaking photographic tour invites readers to savor the seasonal pleasures of a wide variety of the Trust's gardens in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland— from small town gardens to vast expanses of landscape, from mazes and rose gardens to those with arbors and topiary.

Whether capturing the shades of autumn at Sheffield Park in Sussex or snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, the evocative color pictures by two acclaimed landscape photographers reveal both stunning vistas and close-up details. Together with descriptive captions, they beckon tourists, armchair travelers, and Anglophiles to wander through these places of great natural beauty and historic interest. All of these gardens, and the houses and estates to which they belong, are open to the public.

Author Biography: Nick Meers, who pioneered panoramic garden photography, has published more than 30 travel photography books.

Stephen Robson, whose photographs have appeared in many books and magazines, is well known for his detailed shots of plants and flowers.

John Sales joined the National Trust in 1971 and served as the chief gardens advisor for 25 years before retiring in 1998. He is now a part-time gardens consultant, lecturer, and Royal Horticultural Society judge.

Margaret Willes is the National Trust's publisher, running the book program since 1985.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810967311
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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