"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.