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5.0 out of 5 stars nicely clipped
This is an entertainingly, spiritedly and wittily written book divided into 20 pp. chapters devoted to a gardener or a phenomenon (Rococo gardens). Mowl has immersed himself in this easeful culture from Jones to Repton but is not afraid of spelling out the limitations and corruptions of the protagonists as if they were still engaged in their intellectual and aesthetic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars People and familiar places and their stories.
An interesting compilation of histories of some of the most influential people related to to the development of the English garden. Obviously considerable research; just needs a slightly livelier style.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Joanna P. Harrison


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3.0 out of 5 stars People and familiar places and their stories., 30 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Gentlemen Gardeners: The Men Who Recreated the English Landscape Garden: Gardeners of the English Landscape (Paperback)
An interesting compilation of histories of some of the most influential people related to to the development of the English garden. Obviously considerable research; just needs a slightly livelier style.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely clipped, 3 Jun 2008
This review is from: Gentlemen Gardeners: The Men Who Recreated the English Landscape Garden: Gardeners of the English Landscape (Paperback)
This is an entertainingly, spiritedly and wittily written book divided into 20 pp. chapters devoted to a gardener or a phenomenon (Rococo gardens). Mowl has immersed himself in this easeful culture from Jones to Repton but is not afraid of spelling out the limitations and corruptions of the protagonists as if they were still engaged in their intellectual and aesthetic battles. Some of the often contemporary documents are fun (with men shooting sheep [?] and laughable topiary), and the language of the gardeners and designers themselves - I like Switzer's `mazie Error' (Germanism) and `Twinings and Windings' - is a baroque (or occasionally Augustan) delight. One also learns words - devonshir your lawn and put a skew-bridge up why don't ye. Bung Purcell or Lindley depending on the CD player and settle down with these amiable chancers, lunatics and geniuses.
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