The Gardens of English Heritage
The magnificent parks and gardens owned by English Heritage are far less well known than its evocative medieval abbeys or Victorian mansions. Yet these remarkable places offer a fantastic variety of outdoor pleasures. Some have stunning designs, while others are important for their history or their plants. A surprising number are brand new, and a few of the best are tiny. All are marvelously atmospheric testaments to the art of horticulture. English Arcadia reveals 25 of the best. Readers delight at homey Osborne, complete with charming vegetable plots for the royal children, then they marvel at the exotic Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall and appreciate the modern restraint of the Contemporary Heritage Scheme. These gardens from every corner of England and almost every century of the nation’s history are joined by essays that tell the story of how each was created and the sometimes eccentric families that owned them. Rounding out this marvelous resource is a look at the decay that the trees, fountains, and statues often fall prey to — and the way they’ve been restored to delight viewers today.
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The Gardens of English HeritageAnvändarrecension - Book Verdict
Mawrey (chair, Historic Gardens Fdn.) and Groves (Historic Parks & Gardens of Cheshire) weave an evocative pictorial history of the magnificent parks and gardens owned by English Heritage, which is the British government's steward for historically significant English properties. The authors describe over 20 properties, from many centuries old to much newer, and include narratives about previous occupants that bring the history to life. Splendid photographs of landscapes, castles, mansions, abbeys, buildings, garden structures, fountains, statuary, and plants enrich the text. The thorough chronicling of each site may include garden design sketches or biographic information about the designers. A number of these properties are not yet restored to their former glory but still deserve recognition. Thus this notable book may provide insight into gardens not yet included in the existing literature. VERDICT Students of British history, travel enthusiasts, landscape architects, and gardeners will delight in this work, as they should in the mission of English Heritage.—Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody
LibraryThing ReviewAnvändarrecension - LibraryThing
Beautiful photographs, handsome book design, pedestrian commentary.