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The Story of Gardening Paperback – 2 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: DK; New edition edition (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405307145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405307147
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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English queen of garden writing and world famous garden designer, Penelope Hobhouse, presents the history of gardening in an ambitious work charting garden history from the Ancient World through to the present day. From excavations at the pyramids it is clear the pharaohs cherished their gardens and despite water shortages spent small fortunes on building mini oasis' for their enjoyment. The Romans and Ancient Greeks created gardens, cultivating most importantly, medicinal plants, assiduously chronicled by Diosciorades. From the enclosed pleasure gardens of the Medieval Age, tulipomania, the discovery of the Americas and its botanical importance, the rolling landscapes of the 1800s, the great plant-hunters and explosion of botanical knowledge during Victoria's reign through to today's gardens with their fusion of modern and past, Hobhouse paints a vivid picture of the garden's development through the ages. With an incredible number of colour illustrations and photographs, this is both a visual and literal history of world gardening, cleverly pulled together by Penelope Hobhouse to present the definitive guide on the subject. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Penelope Hobhouse is the doyenne of gardening, the recipient of the Guild of Garden Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and the winner of the RHS Victoria medal of honour. Penelope has written many books including; Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Colour in Your Garden and Garden Style.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AMM on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide to garden history. It is laid out well, moving through different periods of history, with a good amount of detail for each, and is a good starting point for any period that you may wish to study in more detail. Penelope Hobhouse has a very subtle but rich writing style which makes it a pleasure to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gang Chen, Author, LEED AP, AIA on 12 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
"The story of gardening, traced through almost three millennia to the 21st century, is not just one story but an infinite number-as many as there have been gardeners. And it can be told in infinite ways..." Penelope Hobhouse, one of the most prolific and talented garden authors of our time, wrote. She started her story from the origins of gardening: the records and remains of the gardens and parks of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia, our heritage: ancient Greece and Roman gardens. She then moved on to the gardens of Islam: heavenly beauty, earthly delight, the medieval gardens of Christendom, the flowering of European gardens during Renaissance, the English landscape gardens, the Eclectic gardens in 19th century and gardens in America.

Penelope also explored gardens of China: a timeless tradition, the long history of Chinese gardening and its links with the landscape and painting, and Japanese style: its essential elements of design and its influence on the rest of the world, and the discussions on a time of change from Naturalism to Modernism (1870 to 1950), and today and tomorrow: a world of opportunities.

Penelope Hobhouse limited and concentrated the scope of her book to "gardening for pleasure," excluding "crops"-agriculture and functional productive horticulture, and "Hobby gardening"-prize dahlias, alpine troughs and bonsai-all fields for the enthusiasms of experts.

"Story of Gardening" has 468 pages and many dazzling color interior photos and a very useful comparative time chart of garden development in all cultures. It is a must-have for all gardeners.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Planting Design Illustrated," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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