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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711228825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711228825
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 25.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All you need to know about gardens in the principality, written in the lucid, sober style of the prolific Helena Attlee.

(Country Life)

Helena Attlee's The Gardens of Wales is the first book to bring a collection together between hard covers. She is a beguiling storyteller, and an eye for detail and historical accuracy make each of her chosen 27 gardens (beautifully photographed by her husband Alex Ramsay) irresistible.

(House & Garden)

This beautiful coffee table book includes great gardens to visit all over Wales. The pictures by Alex Ramsay are gorgeous and Helena Attlee's excellent text includes lots of information on the garden designers, history and planting. She is particularly interesting on all the hard work that has gone into restoring many of these gardens including one of fake rocks and grottoes, a Victoria fashion, that had been completely buried. A treat for active and armchair gardeners.

(Western Daily Press)

The lively text combines beautifully with the evocative photography of each site. If you're off to Wales on holiday, or previously visited some of the gardens featured then you'll find it a wonderful keepsake.

(Amateur Gardening)

Helena Atlee tells the reader exactly the right amount about each place's history and qualities, while Alex Ramsay's sensitive photographs offer both general views and lovely details.

(Historic Gardens Review)

Books about famous gardens are legion but Wales has been a relatively neglected area until now. For this bbeautifully illustrated book, Helena Atlee visits some of the best known gardens in the Principality including Plas Newydd, with its gorgeous Humphry Repton-designed beech-framed views and Erdigg where the garden is largely unaltered in centuries. But there are smaller lesser-known delights including dewstow (with its eccentric grottoes) and Llowes with its leeks and horse pond!

(Land & Business)

Covers more than two dozen of the very best Welsh gardens… Each garden is written up succinctly, and there are fascinating photographs.

(Irish Garden)

Documenting both visitor attractions and private gardens that are part of the National Garden Scheme from across Wales with wildly varying landscapes this really is an armchair treat!

(South Wales Evening Post)

About the Author

Helena Attlee is an author and journalist who has made the garden and its history her special subject. Her books include The Gardens of Portugal Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales (all publishd by Frances Lincoln). She lectures widely, writes for a wide range of journals and magazines, and leads specialist garden tours. She lives in Presteigne, Powys, with her husband, the photographer Alex Ramsay.

Alex Ramsay is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales.

To visit Alex Ramsay's website click here


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Cooper on 13 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for garden and gardening enthusiasts alike.

Helena Attlee's cleverly written narrative takes you on a beautiful and informative journey from one Welsh treasure to another. The gardens' interesting, and sometimes amusing, histories and owners intermingle with descriptions of features and planting that allow you to visualise the gardens both past and present.

As for Alex Ramsay's photographs? Simply stunning.

Although I have visited Powis Castle, I now want to rush back to look at its gardens again through enlightened eyes!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Collings on 15 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Gardens of Wales

After his 12thC perambulation of Wales Giraldus Cambrensis was so bold as to note that "There are no gardens in Wales". Maybe not then but 800 years later there most certainly are. Helena Attlee has captured, in her book, the true flavour of Wales from the splendour of Powis castle to the humble peace of Llowes Court. From the formality of Dyffryn Gardens to the bold and thrilling National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire.

Photographs of fine quality abound thanks to the skill of Alex Ramsay.

Helena's other books concentrate on gardens in Italy and Portugal so it's a treat for us Welsh garden lovers that she has given us such a book.
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By JB on 13 Aug. 2013
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Lovely book. Ideal present for anyone living in Wales who loves gardens, or for any keen gardener planning a visit to Wales. The photos are really beautiful. Printing is very good quality, and the descriptions are very helpful to anyone planning a trip to see these stunning gardens.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Hill on 14 Mar. 2009
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Outstanding photography & fasinating text, a most beautiful and interesting book - and a first! For anyone interested in gardens or ever visting Wales a must have.
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By Colin on 1 Jan. 2013
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I already have this and bought it for a friend who likes to visit gardens and was not aware of this book. It is well written and there are excellent photographs to tempt the reader to visit the gardens illustrated.
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