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Chatsworth Garden [Paperback]

Duchess of Devonshire
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April 1987
A personal and horticultural tour of the 400-year-old gardens at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. The Duchess of Devonshire's anecdotal text takes the reader on a stroll through a garden that includes parterres and vistas, water in all its forms, rockeries and trees, a working kitchen garden and statuary, as well as planted borders. The history of the garden is described, incorporating the creation, the changes and the restorations both the Duke and Duchess have made, "in the spirit of the place". The Duchess of Devonshire has lived at Chatsworth since 1950.
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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Derbyshire Countryside Ltd; Revised edition edition (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851001041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851001043
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,810,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One hundred and five acres in extent, over four hundred years in the making, visited by hundreds of thousands of guests all year, every year, the gardens of the ducal house of Chatsworth are among the most famous and celebrated in the world. But with such beauty and fame come a terrific responsibility, and not a few horticultural headaches. As the Duchess puts it: the gardens are "an intimidating place to go out with a trowel". Despite her inhibitions, the Duchess of Devonshire has been an admired and energetic chatelaine of Chatsworth since she first came to these Derbyshire gardens as a young wife in the 1930s. Indeed she probably now knows the gardens, from the Laburnum walk to the famous Cascade to the Crinkle-Crankle Hedge, better than anyone--and is supremely qualified to write their history.

The anecdotes come thick, fast and informative. There are descriptions of Doctor Johnson, a beloved guest, eating "much and nastily" (they still named a path after him); an account of the Tsar of Russia stooping, socially and literally, to plant a Sweet Chestnut tree; and the terrible day after the First World War when, as an economy measure, the great glasshouses built by Joseph Paxton (of Crystal Palace fame) were blown- up by Paxton's very own grandson. The author is, of course, the sister of Nancy Mitford, famed author of The Pursuit of Love. It is perhaps unsurprising therefore that she shares the family gene for rarefied gossip and aristo-comedy. What is more surprising is her gift for relaying her love and enthusiasm in such engaging tones. A pleasure. --Sean Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This book is everything one would expect from the gigantic grandeur of Chatsworth and the imaginative, always readable and occasionally mischievous writing of the Duchess of Devonshire (Spectator)

... not only a lively history, but a record of love and admiration for the gardens and for those who have lived and worked in them (Sunday Times)

The stunning photography and personal text make the book like a private tour round the garden (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Garden at Chatsworth 23 Jun 2009
The book serves as a major review of what may be found in the Gardens of Chatsworth, both in the images and the text by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. I could have wished for more images, especially with data on the designers & sculptors involved. The presentation overall of the book is very high quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 11 Sep 2011
By Zeb
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This book was even better than I had expected. It has plenty of detail about the history of Chatsworth garden; there is also a comprehensive account of how it has changed since the Duchess has been involved with it. It is also packed with many gorgeous photographs.
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Her grace Deborah Devonshire gives an impressive and imformative account on the garden at chatsworth from its foundation to the present time.Lush photos display every corner of the these grand grounds some of which are over looked on the average visit due to vast area to cover in one day.It takes pride of place on our gardening book shelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the hardback edition 1 Sep 2009
By A. M. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
. . . They last longer with tender loving care. I visited Chatsworth in 1994, while the late Duke was in charge. (His wife wrote this book.) I loved the various Gardens and ponds. Oh my, one loses a whole day exploring them. This is the perfect memento. The book describes the major changes to the grounds. A must for those of us lucky to have been there, and a wish book for those yet to arrive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Adapting to Survive and Thrive 25 Nov 2013
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Anyone who loves Downton Abbey might find this interesting for the ways in which nobility must adapt to keep a large and very costly estate afloat in modern times. The Lady of the house, even in old age, remains an innovative and shrewd manager of her family's heritage.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great garden 16 Feb 2013
By Lili Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book when it first came out and purchased this copy for a gift. Cannot say enough about the elegance and beauty of the gardens. A must!
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