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5.0 out of 5 stars what goes on behind the green lawn, 2 Mar 2011
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K. Platt "blackplantlady" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens & 300 Years of English History: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History (Hardcover)
Subtitled 'Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History', this book has appeal to historians and gardeners alike. The authors bring political intrigue and partisanship to the fore. The gardens are seen from a historical context and the text is interesting and lively. Not quite Michael Pollard, but these two ladies weave a fascinating tale around seven great gardens of England.

This book does not get bogged down in too much details, yet details there are in plenty. The taming of the garden is seen not as pure pleasure as we might at first assume, but as a reflection of taste, power, persuasion and social change. This 414 page book is an enjoyable read for all. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gardens making history, 1 Nov 2005
This review is from: This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens & 300 Years of English History: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History (Hardcover)
This is a fabulous way of getting to know British history and culture through gardens. The combination of the passionate endeavour of the gardeners and the motivations of estate owners really brings alive the making of these beautiful gardens. Intrigue, power, and competition is as much part of the story as horticulture and botany. Gripping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular book!, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens & 300 Years of English History: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History (Hardcover)
This book is amazing! The authors (Andrea Wulf and Gemma Geiben-Gamal) have written seven distinctively different stories and complied them into this one book.

The tales deal with a succession of prominent and significant gardens, each of which seems to epitomise the prevailing spirit-of-the-age in which they were crafted. In every case there is one key visionary, a person whose imagination, passion, means and opportunity were prime factors, resulting in revolutionary sea-changes in garden and landscape design during that period in British/English history from 1606 to 1909, an epoch of dramatic change in the fates and fortunes of the Kings, governments, and of other key players that have shaped European thought.

Sourced extensively from previously unpublished records and the personal diaries of the respective landowners, Andrea and Emma's writing style is extremely informative, educational and often hilariously funny!

At 414 pages it's a long read. Even so, This Other Eden reveals much about the personal lives of the movers and shakers of the age, and how circumstances combined and contributed to the birth of... our age of gardens!
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