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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747810494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747810490
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With its many reproductions of line engravings and color photographs, this work is equivalent to many larger printed tomes on English garden history. Capability Brown (1716-83) took the English landscape and turned it into his ideal: large lawns, ponds, and forests in the distance. Nature was simplified in his hands. He changed the course of British estate landscaping and had enormous influence in the United States and elsewhere. Take this little book on your next British trip." -Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Laura Mayer is studying for a PhD in eighteenth-century gardens at the university of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Timothy Mowl. She won the 2010 Garden History Society essay prize and is working, with Timothy Mowl, on "The Historic Gardens of England: Northumberland."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blah blah blah on 25 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone wishing to gain an overview of the changing styles of landscape gardening in England. It sheds light on why our historic gardens can be so different but sometimes very similar. Ms. Mayer is clearly very knowledgeable, yet writes in a style which can be understood by non-academics with a keen interest in the subject. The book is also very well illustrated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By interested reader on 10 Sept. 2011
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As is so often the case this Shire book gets to the essence of Capability Brown and Landscape Gardens. . Obviously Dorothy Stroud is THE book to read but if time is short then this book will do well instead. It is nicely produced and not expensive so I would strongly recommend it as an introduction to this interesting character and Landscape Gardens in general.
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Well presented and easy to read with just the right amount of information. So many books on Brown - and there are lots! - are quite heavy going (Omnipotent Magician). This book somehow manages to side-step the trap of 'information overload' yet omits nothing that you would actually WANT to know. Very enjoyable & accessible read. Hope the author continues to write on the subject..
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By JEREMY Hobbs on 2 Jun. 2014
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Bought this for my son to help him with GCSE Art. However the history, photographs and magic of the man permeate the book. Inspired to visit some of those gardens and admire his work. Changed the landscape of Britain literally. An excellent book.
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