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The Gardens of English Heritage Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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Stacked full of divine pictures, interesting tidbits. Some gardens are interesting for their design, some for the planting; some are new like the Chiswick House garden and some are ancient as the hills. But they are all fascinating. --Lady
A valuable reference for anyone interested in English landscapes, gardens and houses. --BBC Gardens Illustrated
If an Englishman's home is his castle, then what does that make his garden? Presumably his kingdom and a very beautiful realm many of them are too is 'The Gardens of English Heritage' is anything to go by. --Daily Express
This book will appeal to those interested in gardening, English history or any one that simply likes to look at lovely photographs. --WBQ
About the Author
Gillian Mawrey was born in London and now lives on the South Bank with her QC husband. After reading English at Oxford, she worked as a children's books editor and then studied art history and began writing about historic gardens. She lectures in the UK and abroad and has served on prize juries in Belgium and France. In 1995 she set up the Historic Gardens Foundation and is its current chairman. Linden Groves fell in love with gardens after working with Gillian Mawrey on her magazine Historic Gardens Review. Ten years later, she now has a Masters degree in Garden History and is still part of the Review's editorial team. Linden is the author of Historic Parks and Gardens of Cheshire (2004, Landmark Publishing). She has also written for The Garden, Building Design, Footsteps and Kunapipi. English Heritage has recently commissioned Linden to research and write the history of children's play in public parks. She also works as a conservation officer for the Garden History Society. Linden lives in Muswell Hill, London with her husband and two small children, both of whom are discerning garden visitors!
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When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden
This is a lovely book that might even encourage you to take a trip to the English countryside. There are some beautiful pictures, of gardens, and of the stately homes. The story is told of how the English Heritage was given some oversight for hundreds of state owned properties in 1983.
This has the account and pictures of 23 specific gardens, including; Kenilworth Castle, Kirby Hall, Chiswick House, Queen Victorian's beloved Osborne House, Witley Court. The history, events, the garden and its contents and landscape are all well described. There are many pictures, including some older ones and ones of individual flowers.
The one failing the book has, is that it would have been interesting to see pictures of the gardens, fountains and follies before restoration. I visited Witley Court in Worcestershire several times in the early 80's and cannot begin to describe how desolate it was, with scrub grass everywhere and weeds growing in its magnificent fountains - it was an eerie feeling; but still it's good to see its restoration, like having an old friend rise from its sickbed.
There is a section on contemporary heritage gardens, which has met with definite approval from the English public. More go to see the gardens of the stately homes when they visit, than the buildings themselves. So it stands to reason that if more were improved there would be more revenues. A small amount is described about 16 other gardens.
Lovers of gardens or the stately homes of England would adore this book.