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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read!, 25 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Notes from the Garden (Guardian Books) (Hardcover)
This book is great for picking up and putting down as it is a collection of gardening columns from The Guardian starting from the 1830's and ending with columns from 2008. You may have to grit your teeth a bit as you read how 'the working class should make the most of their back yards' or 'women will be able to manage the new plastic hoses as they are light enough for them to carry' and I would say that the columns get more interesting as you read through the book but it gives an insight into gardening and garden visiting over the years. The more recent columns are written by names that are recognisable such as Christopher Lloyd, David Austin and Beth Chatto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to read, 3 Nov 2012
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I am not a gardener, but appreciate gardens. I am fascinated with the history of plant collection by intrepid horticulturists; the buying of plants by wealthy landowners; the design of huge estates incorporating exotic shrubs, flowers and trees. Many of these we take for granted in our parks and gardens today. This book, using articles from the Manchester Guardian, gives us an insight into that gardening world from municipal parks to simple cottage gardens. It is a delight to read and the articles give the reader an easy cultural potted history of how gardens large and small have been developed, designed and used over the decades.
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Notes from the Garden (Guardian Books) by Ruth Petrie (Hardcover - 2 April 2009)
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