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The English Garden: A Social History

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The English Garden: A Social History.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Charles Quest-Ritson(Author)

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Gardening is not only about plants; it is also about lifestyles, money, and class. Among the rich, gardens are symbols of social and economic success; among the poor, they are an aid to survival. Most historians have concentrated on the development of garden styles and fashions, but the whole story cannot be told without reference to social and economic conditions. Charles Quest-Ritson sets out to put gardening in its context. He shows how gardens have been altered through the generations in direct response to changes in English society itself, and he explains the social and Wnancial reasons why gardening evolved as it did.

Chapter by chapter, from 1500 to the present day, he asks what owners sought from their gardens. Why did people garden? What did they get out of it? Were gardens for food, flowers, or recreation? What was fashionable, and why? What was the impact of science and technological innovation? How were plants acquired, propagated, and distributed? Who were the gardening experts? What did it all cost? What were gardens for?

Accompanied by beautiful four-color illustrations throughout, Quest-Ritson's engaging narrative is an essential guide for anyone interested in the history of gardens and how they matched the changing needs and inspiration of garden owners, rich and poor.

An iceberg of a book. What we see on the page is supported by a great body of research underneath. This is what gives the book its sweeping style and confidence. . . Written with verve, dash, wit, and style. --Anna Pavord, IndependentAn evocation of those happy garden-lovers who had the wealth to live out their dreams in gardens they made in sunny places. . . Exceptionally well-written and deeply researched . . . a tale of romance and horticultural obsession. --Fred Whitsey, Daily Telegraph Charles Quest-Ritson has traveled the world in pursuit of the rose and has 20 years experience as a grower, lecturer, judge, and author. His books include DK's Garden Finder and A Social History of Gardening.

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Book details

  • PDF | 284 pages
  • Charles Quest-Ritson(Author)
  • David R Godine; 1St Edition edition (February 28, 2004)
  • English
  • 6
  • History

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  • By Eugene Underwood on June 12, 2012

    I have a library of garden books, and this one takes a wider scope and helps the reader understand why certain changes came about in garden design. There are also interesting observations on the possible meanings of garden fashions and tastes. It's an easy to read, friendly book, with good information that is not found elsewhere.

  • By Guest on October 11, 2017

    It couldn' t be better! It is a treasury!

  • By Kindle Customer on August 24, 2014

    Great book! Lots of great Information and well researched

  • By Acquisitions Librarian on August 22, 2004

    This book is detailed and interesting; however, even though it spans several historic periods, it can be technical and at times dry. If you are looking for an enjoyable read *and* you like to get into the nitty-gritty of things, then I recommend this book. If you like history, sociology, and economics, you will most likely enjoy this book. However, if you are not interested in an academic approach that occasionally dabbles in the gossip of the past, then I would pass on this text.Chapters discussed are: the Early English Garden (1500-1640), the Rise and Fall of the Formal Garden (1640-1730), the Age of Elitism (1730-1820), from Waterloo to the Trenches (1820-1914), and Riches to Rags to Riches (1915-2000).280 pages, including introduction, illustrations, photographs, maps, references, and index

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