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Penelope Hobhouse

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9 Sep 1999
How did exotic, oriental plants find their way into the borders of English gardens? Penelope Hobhouse - plantswoman, garden designer and authority on historic gardens - is uniquely qualified to shed new light on the absorbing history of gardens from ancient Egypt to the twentieth century. This is a book on the history of gardens and gardening which describes the evolution of the Western model and explains the various historical factors which have created the modern idea of gardening as both art form and popular pastime. In her survey of the rich heritage of Western gardening, Penelope Hobhouse's text is complemented by a collection of illustrations that range from the earliest Egyptian tomb painting to some of today's best garden photography.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; New edition edition (9 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857932730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857932737
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 25.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Penelope Hobhouse's book is festooned with grand ideas. In Plants in Garden History, Hobhouse addresses design theory and the succession of styles, but her real concern is at ground level, among the foliage and inflorescences of the plants themselves. As a result, Plants in Garden History is an unusually informative and accessible history for practicing gardeners." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Penelope Hobhouse is internationally respected as a gardening expert. Her other books include The National Trust Book of Gardening, Garden Style and Flower Gardens and the National Trust Book of Borders. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Garden History I've read 7 Jun 2000
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This beautiful book by one of the most acclaimed gardening experts in the world is a fascinating walk through the gardens of the past. From ancient gardens through to medieval enclosed gardens and more modern garden styles, Hobhouse is a fantastic guide to matters of style, content, and design.
If you enjoy garden history, or books like Anna Pavord's The Tulip I think you will really like this book. It is also great inspiration if you would like to include a historical garden (like a knot garden) into your landscaping plans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 23 Jan 2000
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I first saw this book at an art bookshop. It is one of the lovliest books I have see in a long time. I am just about to purchase it and I can hardly wait to receive it in the mail. For anyone loving plants, beauty and history this would make such a excellent present.
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