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Margaret Willes, the former Publisher for the National Trust, has written and illustrated numerous books. She lives in London. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Yale University Press. Condition: New. Super-fast delivery. Buy with confidence.

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DS- 4. Seller Inventory SKU More information about this seller Contact this seller. Book Description Yale UP, Looking back to the period before the rise of the English landscape garden, Margaret Willes argues that a revolution had taken place between and , driven by the arrival of exotic species such as tulips and sunflowers as trade and exploration progressed and by the increase and accessibility of botanical and horticultural books.

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From a drawing by Lady William Cecil. Charter of the Gardeners' Company. Castle Bromwich. Orange Court at Burghley House. From an Engraving in the Tyssen Library, Hackney. From the title-page of his " Herbal," From the title-page for his " Paradisus," From a drawing by Hon. Margaret Amherst.

The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, - by Margaret Willes

Granger ie and Canal, Euston. From a sketch by Edmond Prideaux, c. Orangerie at Chiswick. From an engraving by Rocque, From a Picture by Geo. Sundial, Euston, with the Arlington Arms, about Drawn from a photograph by Miss Ethel FitzRoy.


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Parterre, from London and Wise. Plan of Canons Ashby. Drawn by Sir Henry Dryden. From a Sketch by Edmond Prideaux. Apothecaries' Garden, Chelsea, in Ingestre, the Seat of Lord Viscount Chetwyud. From Plot's " Staffordshire," Cashiobury, the Seat of the Rt.

From an engraving by Kip. Charles Lord Cornwallis. From a drawing by Vernet Carter. Hall Barn. Bel ton, in Lincolnshire. From an engraving by Badeslad.

Palladian Bridge at Stow. Title-page of Catalogue of the Society of Gardeners, Castle Ashby. From a photograph The Temple designed by Brown. From a photograph Roche Abbey.

Drawn from a photograph by Hon. Margaret Amherst Woodford, No. From a drawing by H. From the same drawing by H. Repton, showing the suggested improvements. Gunnersbury Park. A Temple in the Garden. Narford, No. From a sketch by Edmond Prideaux about Arley, a garden laid out fifty years ago in the old formal style. Rock Garden, Batsford. Narcissus in the Scilly Isles. Lilies in a wild garden. In times of peace and plenty they increased and flourished, and during years of war and disturbance they suffered.

The various races that have predominated, and rulers that have governed this country influenced the gardens in a marked degree. Therefore, as we trace their history, we must not lose sight of the people whose national characteristics or whose foreign alliances left a stamp upon the gardens they made. Nothing worthy of the name of a garden existed in Britain before the Roman Conquest.

The history of Horticulture in this country cannot fairly be said to begin before the coming of the Romans. In this, as in other sciences, the Romans were so far advanced that it was centuries before they were surpassed, or even equalled by any other nation. Baker points out that woad is not wild in Britain. They cultivated most of the vegetables with which we are still familiar. At Rome, said Pliny the Elder, " The garden constituted of itself the poor man's field, and it was from the garden that the lower classes procured their daily food.

But most of the vegetables which are still in general use were common to : all- classes, -and many of these plants were brought by the' Romans to this country. Some, of them took so kindly to this soil, and were so firmly established, that they survived the downfall of the Roman civilization.

A curious example of this is one species of stinging-nettle, which tradition says was intro- duced by the Romans as an esteemed pot-herb. Tacitus, writing in the first century, says that the climate of Britain was suitable for the cultivation of all vegetables and fruits, except the olive and the vine. Before long, even the vine was grown, apparently with some success.

It is generally believed that the Emperor Probus, about the year A. Pliny tells us that the cherry was brought in before the middle of the first century. Perhaps this was some improved variety, as this fruit is indigenous in this country. We cannot suppose that the Roman gardens in Britain were as fine as those on the Continent. Gardens on such an elaborate scale as that at Pliny's Villa, or at the Imperial Villas near Rome, with their terraces, fountains, and statues, could scarcely have been made in this country.

But the remains of Roman houses and villas which have been found in various places in England, so closely resemble those found in other parts of the Empire, that doubtless the gardens belonging to them were laid out as nearly as possible on the same lines as those of Italy and Gaul. The South of England could afford many a sheltered spot, where figs and mulberries, box and rosemary, would grow as well as at " Villa Laurentina," seventeen miles from Rome.

A " terrace fragrant with the scent of violets," trailing vines and ivy ; or enclosures of quaintly-cut trees in the forms of animals or letters filled with roses, would not there seem out of place. The fall of the Roman Empire, and the subsequent invasions of barbarians, struck a death-blow to gardening as well as to all other peaceful arts. During the stormy years which succeeded the Roman rule in Britain, nearly all knowledge of horticulture must have died out.

Only such plants as were thoroughly naturalized and acclimatized would be strong enough to continue to grow when not properly cultivated.

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