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The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1550-1660 [Paperback]

Margaret Willes
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2 July 2013
In the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the restoration of Charles II, a horticultural revolution took place in England. Ideas were exchanged across networks of gardeners, botanists, scholars, and courtiers, and the burgeoning vernacular book trade spread this new knowledge still further - reaching the growing number of gardeners furnishing their more modest plots across the nation and its young colonies in the Americas. Margaret Willes introduces a plethora of garden enthusiasts, from the renowned to the legions of anonymous workers who created and tended the great estates. Packed with illustrations from the herbals, design treatises, and practical manuals that inspired these men - and occasionally women - Willes' book charts how England's garden grew.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (2 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300197268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300197266
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An erudite study of Tudor and Stuart Gardens. This is more than just Ye Olde Gardener's World - Willes's book is a subtle study of a world in which exotic tastes and information were spreading worldwide, and a new age of scientific study was dawning." - Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph (Christmas Books History Round Up) "The most successful of the year's garden history books is Margaret Willes's The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration 1550... She deserves a good readership both in and outside England." - Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times "A heady, brilliant period, well documented by Margaret Willes's The Making of the English Gardener... Willes is particularly well informed on the books that fed the new obsession and the libraries put together by early English botanists... An excellent study." - Anna Pavord, The Independent Magazine "Willes, who was a publisher for the National Trust, is a true bibliophile who has undertaken an ambitious piece of research that will be invaluable to students of gardens and their history." - Rosie Atkins, History Today "All can enjoy the illuminating way Willes puts gardens into context." - Gardens Illustrated "Winter evenings were made for books like this." - Rachel De Thame, The Sunday Times (Home) "The sheer handling of a mass of material and making it readable would have been recommendation enough for this book. But it is so much more - a revelation, a delight, and a work that no one who has made a garden can be without." - Ronald Blythe, Church Times

About the Author

Margaret Willes has spent a career in book publishing, initially at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, then Sphere Books and Sidgwick & Jackson, before becoming the publisher at the National Trust. Her first book was Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books (Yale, 2008), followed by Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Enlightening 20 Jan 2012
By pizzazz
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Purchased for a daughter for Christmas, this was opened with great pleasure and every visit from her since has included in the conversation a great deal of information that she never knew and neither did we about gardening in general and various points of particular interest to her. Definitely a well chosen gift and incredibly gratefully received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly fascinating 28 Jun 2014
Fantastic book - great read for anyone interested in horticulture, and specifically 1560 - 1660 period. Will be reading more of Margarets books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The making of an English Gardener 1 Jun 2013
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An very interesting book on gardening . I am very happy with the purchase of this book. The price was also good.
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