Tea and books are naturally great companions. Today I have a review of another great gardening book. The book is British Gardens in Time written by Katie Campbell. This book starts with the very beginning of garden history in Britain with the early Roman gardens and takes it all the way up till the English Landscape Movement. The book describes the influences that gardeners were inspired by including the work of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown at Stowe to Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter.
This is the companion book that accompanied the BBC series Four British Gardens in Time.
In the beginning of the book the author outlines a short history of British gardens discussing each time period and the major developments that contributed to the gardening history. You would really appreciate this book if you were a English history buff, which I am guilty of. I took a lot of English history in college and I could easily follow along with the time frames, political, and historical developments.
Of the four iconic British gardens featured in this book, first up is Stowe largely attributed to gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Stowe is considered the birthplace of 18th century landscape gardening. Stowe's grounds are one of the best examples of classical landscape gardening with statues and temples. Think of Elizabeth Bennet's garden romps in Pride and Prejudice (2005).
The next garden is Biddulph Grange which is James Bateman's Victorian World Garden. It is a most unusual garden designed in a series of connected 'rooms' devoted to different parts of the world.
Nymans was created by Ludwig Messels. It is one of the most fashionable gardens of the Edwardian period. It is considered the quintessential English garden with borders inspired by William Robinson whose ideas about gardening were credited with spurring the English cottage garden movement.
And last featured is Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter. An estate that dates from the middle ages was taken by Lloyd, a 20th century gardener and garden writer, and he designed these famous architectural shaped hedges mixed with the herbaceous borders. I really enjoyed this book. The writer goes into a lot of depth with the four gardens featured and it is a very interesting read. You get the story behind the properties and the gardeners and how they made these gardens each uniquely their own. I would recommend the book for gardeners that have these interest. I grew up on a working farm and I can appreciate the story of the development of each of these gardens and the love and vision each gardener poured into their creation.
I am having tea today with our 'winter gardening' and I have a new mug. I thought it looked very Emma Bridgwater like, but it is a knock off made by Homeessentials.
The teapot is evoking some spring gardening and nesting! It is made by Gracie China.
I don't know about you but, I am always ready for warm weather right after Christmas so getting into the gardening mood is not a problem for me.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group USA for providing me with this book for review. The review and opinions were entirely my own.
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Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
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