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Garden People: The Photographs of Valerie Finnis Hardcover – May 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (May 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513538
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ursula Buchan writes a regular gardening column for The Spectator and the Independent and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines. After Cambridge University, she trained as a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has presented two series on flower shows for Channel 4 and has appeared on BBC radio. Her books include Gardening for Pleasure, Plants for All Seasons and Good in a Bed. She lives in Cambridgeshire

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Menendez on July 24, 2013
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Although the photos are fascinating in the context of UK gardening - I have a particular interest in this book since Waterperry Gardens (featuring frequently) is an old haunt of mine - it is the little bits of anecdotal information held in the text which make this a worthwhile read. For example, apparently Percy Thrower (the "people's" gardener) was an outcast from the Society gardeners, himself being the son of a jobber gardener, and founded the first gardening centre in the UK. These establishments took advantage of new retail methods of plants (plastic pots, shipped to a store) and it meant those selling did not have to be "experts" with acres of nursery plantings and a plantperson's network of contacts. In a similar ilke, when the wealthy could no longer afford a troop of gardeners, they turned to alpines and other such small plants that did not require acres of gardens and could be cared for in small spaces. I am still reading this and am sure to gain a better insight into today's factory processes for selljng plants and the role of the class system in gardening developments. It is a pricey book, so try and get your library to buy s copy.
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By Anne on September 26, 2014
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Stunning photographs detailing a fascinating and intimate look into into a long gone way of life.
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By CHristina e schuck on July 18, 2014
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Great find with wonderful stories and photos that bring the people and era alive.
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