- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (4 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783963204
- ISBN-13: 978-1783963201
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 781,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Golden Age of the Garden: A Miscellany Hardcover – 4 May 2017
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"A pot-pourri - and a delicious one at that. This charming small volume is a treasure trove of wonderful short extracts ... meant to be dipped into and savoured like an anthology of poetry" -- The Wall Street Journal
"I found this to be a really insightful look at so much to do with the world of horticulture … the basics are still as timely now as they were back then! A real treat of a read for all those with green fingers!" - --Karen Mace, Nudge-book.com
About the Author
Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer, editor and researcher specializing in historical miscellanies and natural history. She worked with Ben Schott on his highly popular sports miscellany, and was series editor for all six editions of Schott's Almanac. She is the author of six books including Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins: First Encounters with the Exotic,Famous Last Words and How to Skin a Lion: A Treasury of Outmoded Advice. She writes regularly for Mental Floss and lives in Cambridge.
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I loved reading the thoughts of various historical figures and what gardening meant to them, and what they thought of various gardens they visited! From Catherine the Great, Daniel Defoe, Horace Wallpole to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams it is a fascinating insight into the grandeur of certain gardens throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
I found the collection of viewpoints were cleverly chosen and well put together as well to share the other side of gardening from jobs to do throughout the year in 1751 - very similar to how we still garden now! - and lists of flowers that bloom for each month, to how design was used in all gardens from small to large over the years.
It also features many great names from the world of gardening such as Capability Brown, Humphrey Repton and William Gilpin and I loved reading that not every gardener was a big fan of Brown at the time!
Another big revelation for me was that certain thoughts about gardening are still so relevant today such as how good it is for the health of a person - both body and mind - but thankfully some thought processes of how women and their involvement in gardening is not advised as they are unsure of how to design a garden are a thing of the past! It also made me laugh to read that slugs and snails were also a beast to deal with in the garden back in 1795!! There just is no stopping them!
I found this to be a really insightful look at so much to do with the world of horticulture and how the designs of gardens have evolved over time but the basics are still as timely now as they were back then! A real treat of a read for all those with green fingers!
The book provides a wealth of historic information about garden style and what made a good garden. I especially liked the definition of what made a good gardener at the time – clearly not a woman!
The author has carried out painstaking research collating such a vast array of information and I especially enjoyed reading the little snippets about jobs to be done each month, these remain just as relevant today as they did when first written. This book looks at all aspects of gardening from grottoes to water features, box hedges to driveways and from Capability Brown to Sir Joseph Paxton. I would definitely recommend this book - it’s a great read.