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on 17 May 2011
Aurum Press has published more than twenty books on houses and gardens based on the archives of Country Life Magazine. Each book has selected the houses, their interiors and gardens from a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This book is one of the latest in these series, now based on the works and life of Gertrude Jekyll, the most famous English garden writer and designer at the beginning of the 20th century. Country Life published many of her books and her articles on gardens and gardening were often placed in their magazine. The text of this volume is informative and well documented, with chapters named after titles of her books. The greatest strength of this book is the selection and arrangement of the beautiful photographs along the text. The time span of these pictures is more than hundred years, from old fashioned black and white to recent colour photographs, here presented in an coherent manner, by selecting either colour or black and white photographs for each garden or topic discussed, which gives the book a pleasant presentation. The last sentence of this book is an excellent summary: "Jekyll set the record straight on the difference between commonplace gardening and that which could be ranked as fine art". In case you already possess Jane Brown's "Gardens of a golden afternoon" or Richard Bisgrove's "The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll", this book will be a valuable addition. Highly recommended for all English garden lovers.
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on 25 November 2011
Received this book today and am so thrilled with it. It is in excellent condition and the coloured pictures are delightful plus the added attraction of the garden plans done by a water colourist. There are also black and white photographs which add atmosphere. I can't wait to get sat down to read it. Browsing through it has really whet my appetite. Richard Bisgrove has selected the best of Miss Jekyll's planting plans and her choice of plants for gardens are still relevant for today's gardens.She was an amazing person .I am going to really enjoy this book.
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on 25 February 2014
A must for any serious garden lover. Combines wonderful photography with good descriptive prose. The next best thing to actually visiting these gardens.
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on 21 January 2015
A gorgeous volume. Very informative and a pleasure to read. Particulary good photographs in beautiful colour.
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on 11 December 2013
Nice picture book with lots of photographs a nice book to read when you sit down and relax with a cup of tea
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on 22 October 2011
very dissappointing nearly sent it back. very few colour plates. Majority black and white.
I bought the book for gardening ideas. Not enough Gertrude Jekyll design ideas.
The front cover gives the wrong impression.I assumes that it would be far more colourful.......
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on 6 February 2015
An amazing book in all respects!
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on 20 December 2014
very good
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