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The Story of Gardening


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Ambra Edwards studied garden history at Birkbeck College, London. She is an environmental campaigner and award-winning writer, three times named the Garden Media Guild's Journalist of the Year. Her work appears regularly in the Telegraph, Guardian and leading garden journals. Penelope Hobhouse is an internationally known and respected gardener and garden planning consultant, as well as a best-selling gardening writer. For twelve years she tended and enhanced the garden at Tintinhull in Somerset, which attracted thousands of her followers to visit every year. With a firm underlying structure and carefully calculated vistas, the new garden she has created in Dorset is a fine example of her philosophy in action. Her experience as a designer and plantswoman, combined with hands-on garden making and maintenance, in-depth research into garden history, colour in the garden and the provenance of plants, as well as travels all over the world, make the range and depth of her knowledge virtually unequalled. She lectures widely in Britain, Europe and the United States of America and is a regular contributor to gardening columns and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic.


'A book for which the word 'magisterial' might almost have been coined... an authoritative tour d'horizon of garden styles across the world'

* The Spectator *

'A book valued not just for the written information but as a pictographic library too'

-- Chris Beardshaw * Candide Gardening App. *

'Much to absorb and enjoy'

* Country Life *

'What Penelope [Hobhouse] so successfully achieves is casting the visions of today over the layers of the past, contextualising them in a way that diminishes neither the new nor the old...Comprehensive work'

* House & Garden *

'Deservedly claims its position on the bookshelf'

* The English Garden *

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