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The Garden at Chatsworth Paperback – 5 Apr 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; New Ed edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711218374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711218376
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.6 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

One hundred and five acres in extent, over four hundred years in the making, visited by hundreds of thousands of guests all year, every year, the gardens of the ducal house of Chatsworth are among the most famous and celebrated in the world. But with such beauty and fame come a terrific responsibility, and not a few horticultural headaches. As the Duchess puts it: the gardens are "an intimidating place to go out with a trowel". Despite her inhibitions, the Duchess of Devonshire has been an admired and energetic chatelaine of Chatsworth since she first came to these Derbyshire gardens as a young wife in the 1930s. Indeed she probably now knows the gardens, from the Laburnum walk to the famous Cascade to the Crinkle-Crankle Hedge, better than anyone--and is supremely qualified to write their history.

The anecdotes come thick, fast and informative. There are descriptions of Doctor Johnson, a beloved guest, eating "much and nastily" (they still named a path after him); an account of the Tsar of Russia stooping, socially and literally, to plant a Sweet Chestnut tree; and the terrible day after the First World War when, as an economy measure, the great glasshouses built by Joseph Paxton (of Crystal Palace fame) were blown- up by Paxton's very own grandson. The author is, of course, the sister of Nancy Mitford, famed author of The Pursuit of Love. It is perhaps unsurprising therefore that she shares the family gene for rarefied gossip and aristo-comedy. What is more surprising is her gift for relaying her love and enthusiasm in such engaging tones. A pleasure. --Sean Thomas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The stunning photography and personal text make the book like a private tour round the garden (Sunday Telegraph)

This book is everything one would expect from the gigantic grandeur of Chatsworth and the imaginative, always readable and occasionally mischievous writing of the Duchess of Devonshire (Spectator)

... not only a lively history, but a record of love and admiration for the gardens and for those who have lived and worked in them (Sunday Times)

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This book was even better than I had expected. It has plenty of detail about the history of Chatsworth garden; there is also a comprehensive account of how it has changed since the Duchess has been involved with it. It is also packed with many gorgeous photographs.
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Format: Paperback
The book serves as a major review of what may be found in the Gardens of Chatsworth, both in the images and the text by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. I could have wished for more images, especially with data on the designers & sculptors involved. The presentation overall of the book is very high quality.
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Her grace Deborah Devonshire gives an impressive and imformative account on the garden at chatsworth from its foundation to the present time.Lush photos display every corner of the these grand grounds some of which are over looked on the average visit due to vast area to cover in one day.It takes pride of place on our gardening book shelf!
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beautiful book in excellent condition
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nice book very pleased
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