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Lost Gardens of England: From the Archives of Country Life
Presenting 46 splendid gardens, long gone, but captured here forever in their heyday, this guide is organized by region and represents a wide range of periods and styles—from the late 1890s through the 1930s—revealing all the enchantment of Victorian and Edwardian garden design. St Catherine’s Court, with its vast parterres and resplendent turf stairway; the great arcaded ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Aurum Press
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Large, beautiful black and white photographs from the archives of Country Life magazine. A perspective of how a garden evolves over several hundred years. Without ongoing attention, some gardens deteriorated. Some surviving gardens, or the remaining part of the orginal garden, are owned by colleges or the National Trust. This book teaches us how much work by how many gardeners employed full time it took to maintain different levels of manicured and ornamental gardens, of different sizes. I love ...more
In 1753, it was reported in The World magazine that gardens "are usually new-created once in twenty or thirty years, and no traces left of their former condition." I found that these gorgeous b/w photos of lost gardens made me verklempt.