A Little History of British Gardening (Hardback)Jenny Uglow (author)
Get out in your garden and discover the history hidden in the hedges.
Did the Romans have rakes?
Did the monks get muddy?
Did potatoes seem really, really weird when they arrived on our shores?
Drawn from Jenny Uglow's own love for plants, this lively 'potted' history of gardening in Britain takes us on a garden tour from the thorn hedges around prehistoric settlements to the rage for ornamental grasses and 'outdoor rooms' today.
Tracking down the ordinary folk who worked the earth - from weeding women to florists - as well as aristocrats and grand designers and famous plant-hunters, A Little History of British Gardening is brought to life by gorgeously vivid illustrations and Uglow's insightful wisdom.
Not only dealing with flowery meads, grottoes and vistas, landscapes and ha-has, parks and allotments, Uglow explains, for example, how the Tudors made their curious knots; how housewives used herbs to stop freckles; how the suburbs dug for victory in World War II.
With a brief guide to particular historic or evocative gardens open to the public, this is a book to put in your pocket when planning a crisp, winter's day out - but also to read in your armchair with a well-earned glass of red, after a hard day's graft in your own garden.
'Enchanting, stirringly evocative and fascinating' Daily Mail
'This book will be a joy for any gardener' Independent
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 755 g
Dimensions: 218 x 174 x 30 mm
Uglow's account of a national obsession is a delight from beginning to end * The Observer *
This book will be a joy for any gardener * The Independent *
The biographer of Gaskell and Hogarth now takes us into the garden, where plants glow and miniature landscapes unfold at the touch of her easy prose * Sunday Telegraph *
Enchanting, stirringly evocative and fascinating * Daily Mail *
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