This book shows how the gardens of each period reflected political, social and cultural life, and how ideas and plants from other parts of the world enriched the art of English garden making.
“Beautifully organized and… (the) details are riveting.” The Spectator
“A highly original book… hugely researched, and bubbling over with its author’s fascination with her subject.” Organic Gardener
“Written intelligently and knowledgeably, accompanied by a selection of poetry, diary extracts and historical memoirs, it is a fascinating illustrated history of our horticultural heritage.” Lucy Watson
With 200 colour photos, illustrations and plans this book celebrates the beauty and influence of the peony and its place in art and history as well as providing comprehensive information to help gardeners choose the right variety, giving details of colour, fragrance, flowering periods and hardiness.
“The new standard work on the subject.” Alan Titchmarsh
“…the sort of book that you covet from the moment you see it…. It tells the long and fascinating history of this most beautiful of flowers, tracing its origins in the wild to its cultivation in the Imperial gardens of China and Japan and its journey to the West… lavishly illustrated with paintings and photographs which are both informative and appealing. It is also a serious work of reference written with the international reader in mind.” Stephanie Donaldson
At the heart of this book lies a simple philosophy – it is knowledge that transforms gardening from a chore to a pleasure. It gives clear instructions, with abundant illustrations on topics from weeding to watering, from pruning to propagation, from water gardens to kitchen gardens, plus 1000 plant profiles.
“… a practical working manual… ease yourself in and enjoy.” The Garden
“…just the thing, both for beginners who want gardening explained simply and for old hands who want an all-in-one resource.” House and Garden
“As far as Country Living is concerned Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall can do no wrong.” Country Living