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England's Magnificent Gardens

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England's Magnificent Gardens by Roderick Floud
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Jun 15, 2021 | ISBN 9781101871034

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“One of the most important books on garden history in the last half century; for anyone serious about the subject, Floud’s book is a must-buy.”
—Historic Gardens
“A new kind of garden history . . . Filled with fascinating and often surprising details.”
—The Guardian
“Amazing. Floud casts his net wide.”
—Financial Times
“Immensely engaging . . . Remarkable . . . Surprisingly rewarding.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Floud takes us shilling by shilling through pretty much the whole history of gardening in England, offering some fine anecdotes along the way.”
The Literary Review
“A very different kind of gardening book. It’s not about design or horticultural techniques but is a history—the first of its kind, the author claims—of the economics of gardening, financial excess and all, from Charles II to today . . . Extraordinarily interesting [and] full of fascinating detail about everything from working-class gardens, kitchen gardens and nurseries to the astonishing cost of some rare plants and their shrinking value over time.”
The Sunday Times (London)
“A remarkable tale of economic scale and social realities . . . Illuminating.”
Financial Times
“From the deep pockets of the eighteenth-century aristocrat to those of the twenty-first-century hedge-fund manager, huge amounts of money have been spent on gardens’ design and upkeep.”
The Sunday Times (London; Book of the Year selection)
“Terrifically interesting, a real eye-opener . . . Even gardeners who don’t count the cost will be fascinated.”
Evening Standard (Book of the Year selection)

Table Of Contents

Introduction · 3
1 The English Garden in 1660 and 2020 · 7
2 Gardens and the State · 23
3 The Great Gardens · 55
4 Designers · 118
5 The Nursery Trade · 162
6 The Working Gardener · 197
7 Technology · 224
8 The People’s Gardens · 276
9 Kitchen Gardens · 312
10 Conclusion · 344
Acknowledgements · 351
List of Gardens · 353
Notes · 359
Selected Bibliography · 389
Index · 401

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