Synopses & Reviews
This elegant book presents one hundred of the most beautiful historic gardens in England. The gardens range from the neoclassical paradise of Stourhead to the subtropical splendour of Tresco Abbey and the soothing calm of the White Garden at Sissinghurst, all photographed in stunning color by leading British garden photographers. Each garden is presented at its most glorious moment-- whether at twilight or midday, in autumn, or at the height of summer.
English Heritage has spent over ten years identifying and grading the fabulous wealth of parks and gardens throughout England on the basis of their historical significance, state of preservation and level of general interest. This information is compiled in the English Heritage Parks and Gardens Register, from which the respected horticultural author Patrick Taylor has selected one hundred favorites. In his lively and informative style, he reveals the historic background to each garden and discusses the modern-day plantings.
A comprehensive index, county map, and opening times for each garden offer information for the traveler. Lush, full-color photographs capture the essence of each garden for an inspiring tour of the best of a grand gardening tradition.
The most beautiful and historic British gardens in glowing color photographs.
About the Author
is the author of several gardening books including Period Gardens
, and the annual Gardener's Guide to Britain
. He regularly travels the gardens in the United Kingdom and beyond in his capacities as a writer on horticulture and gardening history, and as an experienced garden photographer. Born in France and brought up in Scotland, Taylor now lives in Wells, Somerset.
English Heritage is the principal expert adviser to the English government and the general public on all aspects of the historic environment of England. The organization is custodian of many properties with important historic gardens. Its Gardens Register has over 1,500 entries and is under constant revision.