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4.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to Henry Avray Tipping, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Edwardian Country Life: The Story of H. Avray Tipping (Hardcover)
Helena Gerrish has written an excellent tribute to a now almost forgotten gardener and respected author of the late 19th and early 20th Century: Henry Avray Tipping. Tipping has left us his houses, gardens and writings as an objective testimony to his significance. Helena Gerrish owns and lives in one of his houses; High Glanau. She restored his garden and made a thorough study of his life and works. She describes in detail the life, writings and works of Tipping and his Country Life fraternity (a. o. Jekyll, Robinson and Peto) within the context of the period, her text is informative and well documented. Unfortunately the designer of this book could have done a better job as the layout of the selected pictures in black and white and colour, with a time span of about a hundred years, are not presented in a coherent manner. This gives the book a somewhat confused presentation when browsing through the pages. A better design and layout could have made all the difference. This book is however a valuable addition to the recent books on gardeners of the same period, such as Richard Bisgrove on William Robinson and Judith Tankard on Gertrude Jekyll. Recommended for all lovers of the English garden and its history. For an overview of gardens and gardening during this period David Ottewill's "The Edwardian Garden" is still the best study.
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