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The Gardens of England: Treasures of the National Gardens Scheme by George Plumptre, Preface by Joe Swift (2013) Hardcover – 0100

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George read History at Jesus College, Cambridge where he was taught by Norman Stone. After leaving Cambridge in 1978, encouraged by the career of his uncle and godfather, Lord (Bill) Deedes, he immediately embarked on a career as a freelance author, editor and journalist. his first job was working as an editor for the famous cricket writer and broadcaster, Jim Swanton; his first book as an author, Royal Gardens, was published in 1981. Since then he has produced a long series of titles. Most of his books have been about gardens, the subject around which he has also developed a distinguished career as a journalist; he was gardening correspondent of The Times from 1993 to 1996 and has contributed on gardens to Country Life every year since 1980.
A recent review in Garden Design Journal of his latest book, The English Country House Garden, said that it was "bound to become a classic."
In 1996 he published a biography of Edward VII which the distinguished historian Lord Blake reviewed as, "the best biography so far of an underestimated monarch".
As well as his writing career George worked for many years in the art world, first at Sotheby's where he edited the auction house's magazine, Preview and the end of year review, Art at Auction, subsequently at Bonhams where he was director of business development and launched the Bonhams Magazine.
Since 2010 George has been Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, the charity that organises people to open their gardens to raise money for nursing and caring charities. He is married and lives in London.

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