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Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden Hardcover – 24 Sep 2015

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pimpernel Press Ltd; 1st edition (24 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910258121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910258125
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I particularly like...the generosity that gives author, photographer and garden the space to breathe" Saga magazine "This is a book to inspire perfection, not to incite envy." Historic Gardens Review "This is an exceptional book, not to be missed." -- Anna Pavord The Garden "This is an exceptional book, brilliant in all departments - writing, photography, design and production." -- Anna Pavord Independent "A handsome volume, both coffee-table book and practical manual." Spectator "beautiful photographs...Like the garden, very well presented." Ham & High "makes what might seem an exclusive world completely approachable and inspiring to every gardener." -- David Sexton Evening Standard Best Gardening Books of 2015 "If you want to know how to grow peaches, melons or superb herbaceous borders in beautifully matched colours, let alone every kind of vegetable and edible cherry, there are details here that no other gardening book in print is able to pass on." -- Robin Lane Fox Financial Times "The newly-minted British publishing house Pimpernel Press has produced a clutch of excellent gardening books...A book as beautifully and incisively written as this, so filled with detail, careful observations and with lavish photography by Tom Hatton, must also, you feel, have taken much time to create." Irish Times "Action heroine of the year is Sue Dickinson, head gardener at Jacob Rothschild's Eythrope, the subect of Mary Keen's Paradise and Plenty." -- Christopher Woodward Evening Standard "Not just a celebration of perfection but a meticulous set of instructions for achieving it..The ultimate pleasure of her book is that Mary Keen is a very good writer...This perfect book is not cheap, but it should feature prominently on every gardener's Christmas wish list." The Lady "We might not all be Rothschild rich, but we can all learn something for our own little paradises." Sunday Times "Gloriously illustrated." Woman and Home "More than a spectacular picture book." Evening Standard "Elegantly produced with family archive material and photographs by Tom Hatton (some resplendently reproduced on double gatefolds) that really help to explain why this garden is not just important, but how it continues as a prime example of Britain's very best gardening practices." -- David Wheeler Hortus "Alongside Keen's hugely informative text, there are beautiful photographs...Eythrope has 'always been intensely private', so this book gives a rare opportunity to look over the walls and learn about this secret garden." The Oldie "This feast of a book is my favourite in a distinguished year for gardening books. It is one that I shall keep readily to hand, to refer to for the definitive advice on the 'how' of successful gardening, and to enjoy the 'wow' that is the result." -- Sarah Langton-Lockton The Lady "Crisp, clear prose...beautifully illustrates...The book gives a rare and profound understanding of the sophistication of gardening at its most masterly. It is inspiring." -- Kim Wilkie House & Garden "Mary Keen's Paradise and Plenty, published by Pimpernel Press Ltd is my Book of the Year. This book, written as a record of the garden in its twenty-fifth year, will be cherished for years to come as a record of a great garden."Val Bourne Oxford Times ;More than a vicarious look over the walls - it is a record of tried and tested traditional and modern techniques." Country Living "This luxurious book is an unusual mixture of tribute and manual. Fascinating...Keen's style is accessible, compelling and fact-packed." Garden Design Journal "In the charmless age of the Kindle, this is a welcome reminder of how beautiful an object a book can be. Tom Hatton's photographs - both colour and black and white. --Publishers Weekly (US)

About the Author

Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked on gardens in France, Corfu and America as well as for many high-profile clients in England. She has made several gardens for Lord Rothschild and she also designed the gardens around the new opera house at Glyndebourne. She has lectured in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and South Africa as well as in England. For twenty years, she was a member of the National Trust Garden panel which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She has monthly columns in the Daily Telegraph and Garden magazine and is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated and the Spectator. The author of five books, she writes from the heart rather than to order and this book is her first after a gap of twenty years.

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