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Four Hedges: A Gardener's Chronicle (Illustrated gardening) [Hardcover]

Clare Leighton
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5 Sep 1991 Illustrated gardening
In 1930 Clare Leighton bought a plot of land on a sloping site in the Chilterns. Here, she and Noel Brailsford built a house and created a garden from the "rough meadowland". This book tells of a year in the life of that garden. The author portrays the seasonal changes, from the unfurling of the iris stylosa in the dead of winter, to the warmth of June when the garden belongs to the birds. The text is illustrated with Clare's own wood engravings.


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Sumach Press,The; New edition edition (5 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712647112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712647113
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Toller republishes classic books about nature and rural life. Our edition of Four Hedges is illustrated with 84 of Clare Leighton's wood engravings and includes a new introduction by Carol Klein.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clare Leigthon was born in London in 1898. She was an
accomplished writer, designer and artist in mosaic and stained glass, but was primarily known as a wood engraver. She exhibited widely and illustrated many books, including Thomas Hardy's Return of the Native (1929), Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne (1941), and her own The Farmer's Year (1933) and Four Hedges (1935). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful classic 21 July 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This lovely and at times whimsical book will appeal to a wide range of people. Clare Leighton was a well-known woodcut artist and, when first published in the 1930s, her vigorous and very modern illustrations made this a best-seller. Today they have a charm which is still fresh.

The gentle text is a year in the garden, starting in April, and written throughout in the present tense. The trials and tribulations of creating a garden (Leighton says on the first page, "four years ago it was rough meadowland") are woven together with observations on the weather, wildlife and people.

A quiet contemplative book, ideal as a gift, worth having for the illustrations alone (many of the old copies have been razored for the woodcuts), and encouraging a thoughtful approach in the gardener. Most of the author's musings haven't dated at all; the ones that have bring us a faded period charm, not unlike watching David Suchet's "Poirot" on daytime television when you're nursing a cold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a lovely book 20 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We have an original of this book - a 1930's hardback with superb woodcut illustrations throughout (I think there are about 12 full page wood cuts, and numerous smaller ones). I am so glad it has been reprinted as I have now bought the new edition as a present for my mother and it has lost none of its appeal. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in period illustration or gardening.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quintessential English gardening 22 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I was so pleased to find that this had been reprinted as second hand copies had become hard to get.
Beautifully written, especially for fellow gardeners battling with chalk in the Chilterns, timeless, and black and white illustrations that speak to the heart - bonfires and windblown orchards, individual flowersand garden corners: enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Hedges 3 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
A really lovely book. The woodcuts are beautiful as only Clare Leighton can make them and the interesting way the wook was written makes you want to get out and start your own 'Four Hedges'
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