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The Gardens at Kew Hardcover – 20 Nov 2008


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; illustrated edition edition (20 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711225362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711225367
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 25 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2008
Most people probably don't pick up a book after noting the publisher, but I invariably do if it's a Frances Lincoln book. Her titles are always beautifully done, enhanced with stunning photographs, full of information. Such is surely the case with The Gardens At Kew, a gorgeous celebration of Kew's 250 years.

In this beautiful volume the history of this remarkable place is traced, noting the development of what now comprises 300 acres of riverside land. While today we find it home to the Royal Botanic Gardens, it once held cottages, country house estates, and even poor pasture.

Among the royals who took a hand in the improvement of the grounds was Princess Caroline, the daughter-in-law of George I. She was an inveterate garden-maker who of course observed the fashion of her time - formal gardens. During her growing up years Europe was impressed by the work of gardener Andre Le Notre, largely responsible for the gardens at Versailles. She may well have felt his influence.

Eyes would have difficulty taking in all of the beauty at these Gardens today - there is The Lake, created by William Hooker in the late 1840s, amazing with four islands planted so that their autumn colors are reflected in the water. Another marvel is the Pagoda seen rising above the trees, and the Temples of Bellona and Aeolus designed by Sir William Chambers.

Some 304 pages hold not only 300 color illustrations but also archival photographs. Whether a weekend gardener or a serious student of landscape there is much to be enjoyed in The Gardens At Kew.

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Lewis on 30 April 2009
A lovely book - I've been visiting Kew Gardens for over 30 years - I revised for my O and A Levels there, stopped off often on my way home from school and now I meet friends there for a walk and a picnic in the summer - this is a lovely book - gorgeous photos and all the most important Kew stuff. A real sense of Kew without actually being there. Really Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dhbenson on 26 Feb 2009
Having been to Kew twice last year, the first time since I went in the 70's, this was a book I purchased as a souvenir of times present and times past.
Although I purchased it for its pictorial content,I found it a most enjoyable read and read right through it, it kept my interest all the way through and it will be a book I will continue to dip into in the future.
A bonus was that the book was bang up to date, including details of the treetop walkway that was opened in 2008.
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I purchased his book for my son and his family who recently visited Kew. I wanted something to remind them of everything they had seen and this book proved to do just that., Apart from informative text it contained superb pictures and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a souvenir of Kew.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Wendy M. Hardy on 15 Feb 2009
I received this book as a gift and am delighted with it. I love the history of Kew and learnt a lot about the way it became what it is today. I have also found it very useful in planning my next visit as there is so much to see that you must select your favourite areas.
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