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The Wild Garden by William Robinson: A New Illustrated Edition with Photographs and Notes by Charles Nelson Hardcover – 10 Aug 2010


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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press; Ill edition (10 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848890354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848890350
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Excellent ... a must for keen gardeners, those generally interested in native plants and ecologists of every persuasion' Irish Examiner 'Wonderful and worthwhile [...] no one is better qualified or suited to add comment to it than Charles Nelson' Irish Garden Plant Society 'Attractive as well as an authoritative work' The Horticulturalist '[Charles Nelson] most ably brings an old book to life and encourages the continuation of a style of gardening ideally suited to both the Irish climate and temperament' --Sherkin Comment 2011

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William Robinson (1838-1935), 'The Father of the English Flower Garden', left Ireland about 1861 and thereafter lived in England. He worked in the Botanic Gardens in London but gave up practical gardening in 1866 to become an extremely successful journalist, author and publisher. In 1885 he purchased Gravetye Manor in Sussex, where he established a renowned garden, still extant. He travelled extensively and often visited Ireland and the gardens now classified as 'Robinsonian'. Charles Nelson was senior research botanist and horticultural taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Author or co-author of many books about plants and gardens, he is an acknowledged expert who presented RTE radio programmes about Irish gardeners. His latest book, An Irishman's Cuttings - Tales of Irish Gardens and Gardeners, Plants and Planthunters (2009), includes two essays about William Robinson.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have owned many different versions of "The Wild Garden" over the years, but this is the one I should choose. The interesting and informative introduction and added photographs not only help place the book in context, they illustrate both the plants Robinson is recommending and the type of gardening he is criticising. The text is scanned from the first edition. This has advantages - it is in some sense his 'original' - and disadvantages. When the first edition was published Robinson was a young man, with a young man's enthusiasm but also his weaknesses. The 1894 edition reprinted as THE WILD GARDEN or The Naturalization and Natural Grouping of Hardy Exotic Plants with a Chapter on the Garden of British Wild Flowers will be a better guide to Robinson's mature reflections.

This is a book which will appeal most to readers interested in garden history. Robinson did not invent wild gardening - experiments were being made in his native Ireland before he published - nor did he start a craze. His ideas were picked up by arty types and over the decades they influenced many famous gardeners ho followed him. His inspiration can be traced well into the twentieth century in gardens such as Great Dixter.

Robinson's argument for the growing of hardy herbaceous plants and some shrubs in a grassy, naturalistic setting is aethetic, not conservationist. He saw nothing wrong with collecting bulbs wholesale in the wild, and his followers were guilty of some pretty severe depredations amongst the wild flora of countries like Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Greece where the loveliest bulbous plants were to be found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily Trelispen on 16 Jun 2014
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Glad to have this as a reference - which it is, with lists of plants, rather than a merry read.
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