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A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer & Plant Collector

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A hundred years ago there was a pronounced change in the direction of British gardening. The garden was transformed from a plaything for the rich to a democratic exercise, a hobby for the millions. Few figures were more central to and prominent in this transition than eccentric Reginald Farrer, whose passion for alpines would put a rockery in the backyards of countless ent ...more
Hardcover, 119 pages
Published November 24th 2004 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published May 6th 2002)
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May 18, 2010 David R. Godine rated it it was amazing
"All gardeners should read this book."
— Roy Lancaster

"[The:] reader will blink, first with astonishment, then with pleasure at every detail. Shulman has produced an elegant mini-masterpiece."
— Antonia Fraser

"A wonderfully concise and shrewd account of an interestingly ambivalent figure & a vivid picture of the world of early 20th century plant-collecting."
— Penelope Lively

"As good as biography gets: pithy, funny, touching, never less than captivating."
— Cressida Connolly, Vogue

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Mar 18, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
A delightful little gem published by David R. Godine in 2004. Entertaining (sometimes laugh out loud) and educational. A great read about one of the many folks who went plant hunting in Asia in the early part of the 20th century. Romantic, fantastic adventures that resulted in the introduction of many new plants now well-known to us. Farrer also figured how to successfully grow Alpine rock garden plants and this book has convinced me not to go there. He is also the person whose writing style was ...more
Too brief! More of an hungry outline, pining to be filled out.
May 07, 2016 Catherine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This book introduces the reader to the ill-countenanced, ill-tempered dwarf of a man namedReginald Ferrar, who changed the entire face of English gardening in the early 1900's. As spiteful and cynical as he was talented and adventurous, Ferrar journeyed into China and Tibet to collect the "alpine" plants that are the staple of the rock gardens he started a craze for that still lives on. He was so quirky, the book is a lovely read.
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