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The Garden At Highgrove Hardcover – 12 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Reissue edition (12 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297825445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297825449
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.

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Most people will know two things about the garden at Highgrove--that it is organic and that, notoriously, the Prince of Wales talks to the plants he grows there. As The Garden at Highgrove lavishly demonstrates, it is a garden of very considerable interest and beauty, blending idiosyncratic touches into the traditional, romantic English country style. Although parts of the garden are laid out on a grand scale, much of it is intimate, forming a series of enclosed, room-like spaces. Evident everywhere is the Prince's respect for nature, from the underlying organic, self-sufficient methodology to the large-scale experiment in the restitution of a species-rich wild flower meadow. (The latter is expected to take at least a hundred years before the true balance of plant types is restored--an indication of the seriousness of purpose.) Although he has had advice and assistance from many leading garden and plant specialists, including Rosemary Verey, Sir Roy Strong and Miriam Rothschild, the Prince's personality, traditional-minded but with what seem to be strong streaks of competitiveness and bloody-mindedness, is everywhere apparent. Another presence, rarely alluded to, also haunts the place. Highgrove is an exemplary garden, and this is a very interesting book, beautifully illustrated and full of lessons in how hand and heart can work together in the garden. --Robin Davidson

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Prince Charles is renowned for his views on organic gardening and his passion extends very firmly to his home, Highgrove, deep in the Gloucestershire countryside. A barren landscape bar the grandiose Cedar of Lebanon which initially caught the Prince's eye, it has, since 1980, been transformed by this remarkable, unassuming man into one of the greatest gardens of our time. In close consultation with designers such as Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, he has developed a garden that is an important part of Britain's heritage. Totally organically managed, Highgrove is a testament to the Prince's "green" beliefs and a wake-up call to all non-believers - a garden of Eden in the midst of a polluted world. This gloriously illustrated book is full of photographs by renowned photographers Andrew Lawson and Christopher Simon Sykes whose styles perfectly capture the essence of the place from the kitchen gardens to the woodland, the terraces to the wildflower meadows. Accompanied by the expert text of Candida Lycett Green, this is a fitting eulogy giving a readable and enjoyable picture of the thought, work and future hopes for Highgrove by the Prince and his gardeners. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By whowat@hotmail.com on 29 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I recieved this book last week and havn't had my head out of it since!This would be classed as one of those publications termed a' coffee table book' absolutely beautiful to look at and the type you strategically place for all to see,but once you open it ,it gets even better. The photos inside are stunning and the commentary on how the garden evolved is interesting and informative without being heavy going.This book will inspire you whatever the size of your garden as all the ideas are adaptable and could easily be scaled down to suit the 'common' mans capabilities and budget(we havn't all got head gardeners tucked away!] There's also a very useful planting list at the back in great detail so if you see the picture of the pergola and it appeals it lists exactly the plants used and on which column etc so you can recreate the look.This book is not for the' ground force' gardener after instant effects in a weekend, but if you want a visually stunning and inspirational and suprisingly modern insight into a truly beautiful garden this is the book for you.I'm delighted with it
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malo's list on 30 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful account of the transformation of the garden at Highgrove by the Prince of Wales. Whilst I do not have a country estate in which to garden, the pictures are inspirational to those of us who garden on a much smaller and humbler scale.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By angela@smithers.screaming.net on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the best gardening book I have ever read -it is full of new ideas,and stunning photographic evidence of the garden evolving.
It does not contain much in the way of technical knowledge, so if you fall in love with the planting you will need to refer to other sources for plant characteristics etc, but this does not detract from the book -indeed, it was not intended as a source of reference.
Quite the best Christmas present I received. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lilias Darcy-fox on 1 Feb. 2010
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This book never leaves my bedside, on dreary days it transports me, and I feel I am there walking and being still in such a lovely space. If it was my garden I would have to return after I died as I could not ever bear to leave it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Great happy harmony on 5 Mar. 2011
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I was grateful for the other reviews on Amazon which encouraged me to buy this for a member of the family. When it came however, I sat down to look at the pictures and could not stop until I had read it all! It is really well presented and takes you through the garden so that you sort of feel you've been round it. I was particularly impressed by the decision to make it organic and that was far sighted and is inspiring.
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My daughter to whom I sent the book as a present reported me that it was in a very poor conditions, with dirty and stained pages! I'm very sorry because you assured me it was in "a very good state" and I felt responsible towards my daughter for such a poor present for her birthday. I seriously doubt to use your services in the future.
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Lovely book to dip in and out of - fabulous pictures to accompany the story of the development of HRH's garden.
A really good momento of a recent trip to Highgrove - now I can put all the information / photos into the context of the lay out of the estate.
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We are visiting Highgrove next month and wanted to see what it had to offer (didn't want to miss anything!) It is an excellent book telling the history and more important telling me about the garden. I am now really looking forward to the visit.
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