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63877
Adams, William Howard
Nature Perfected Gardens Through History
Abbeville Press Inc., New York NY, 1991.
Square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles; 356pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; slightly rolled; mild dusting to the text block top edge; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf; some spotting to the preliminaries. Lightly worn dustwrapper; spine lightly sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Structured around themes of the international exchange of aesthetic ideas and the exciting saga of the study, cultivation and distribution of plant life, the book's progression is both chronological and geographic; each chapter identifies and discusses the major design and horticultural contributions made to garden history in each period and by each society.
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$50
42168
Andrews, Kerrie E. (ed.)
Australia the Beautiful Great Gardens
Wattle Books, Sydney NSW, 1983.
Folio; hardcover, quarter-bound with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 288pp., with many full-colour plates. Insect damage to front decorated endpaper including upper edge; light spotting to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper is rubbed with a with a little scraping to head and tail of spine panel (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Else very good. Showcasing some of the great public and private gardens of Australia. Divided into temperate climate gardens, dry climate gardens and warm climate gardens,
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$25
38069
Bangay, Paul (Simon Griffiths, illus.)
The Defined Garden The Garden Design of Paul Bangay
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Victoria, 1996.
First edition: folio; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 144pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. 'I am passionate about water, strong architectural lines, simple planting schemes and formal layout. often the most significant aspect of a design is the creation of an axis from the centre of the house to the centre of the garden, culminating in a striking focal point - perhaps a fountain, urn or statue." [Paul Bangay].
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$45
209987
Boldrewood, Mrs Rolf
The Flower Garden in Australia A Book for Ladies and Amateurs
Mulini Press, Canberra, 1995
Facsimile of 1893 edition. Octavo paperback; 144pp. Minor wear only; near fine. Margaret Browne was the wife of Thomas Browne - the Australian author "Rolf Boldrewood". She was born in New South Wales in 1837 and brought up by an uncle after being orphaned at an early age. From childhood she was a passionate gardener. Her husband's novel, "Robbery Under Arms", had given him an international reputation by the time Mrs Browne published her gardening guide, in 1893. Both she and her husband were keen gardeners, and the book was written from fifty years of experience of gardening in Australian conditions and using Australian plants. It was the first Australian gardening guide written by a woman. Using a calendar style format, the book suggests what to plant when, giving detailed history and description of individual flowers, shrubs and trees.
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$17
210131
Brown, Jane
The Art and Architecture of English Gardens Designs for the Garden from The Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1609 to the Present Day
Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York NY, 1989.
Square quarto; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 320pp., with a colour frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; somewhat shaken; text block edges lightly toned and top edge dusted; some spotting and a few marks to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. A great book with over 300 drawings from the archives of the Royal Institute of British Architects which is accompanied by a scholarly, but readable, text. Garden layouts, accessory buildings and ornaments are presented, with examples from 1609 to 1985. Highly recommended for both the amateur and professional.
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$50
30546
Brown, Jane
Eminent Gardeners Some People of Influence and their Gardens, 1880-1980
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd, Ringwood Vic., 1990.
Hardcover, octavo; tan boards with black spine titling; 183pp., monochrome plates. Spotting to text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with mild wear to edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Otherwise very good. Recounts the lives of leading gardeners in Britain - including Frances Wolseley, who sought to establish gardening as a career for women - expatriate American gardeners, gardeners in academic institutions, Gertrude Jekyll, and others.
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$24
71911
Brown, Jane
Vita's Other World A Gardening Biography of V. Sackville-West
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1985.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 240pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, many monochrome illustrations and 16pp. of full-colour plates. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sackville-West was a writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group who found her greatest popularity in the weekly columns she contributed as gardening correspondent of The Observer, making her own garden famous. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, the walls being high clipped hedges and many pink brick walls. The rooms and "doors" are so arranged that, as one enjoys the beauty of a given room, a new vista into another part of the garden is discovered; making of a walk a series of experiences that keep leading into yet another area of the garden. Nicolson spent his efforts coming up with interesting new interconnections, while Sackville-West focused on making the flowers in the interior of each room exciting. For Sackville-West, Sissinghurst and its garden rooms came to be a poignant and romantic substitute for Knole, reputedly the largest house in Britain, which as the only child of Lionel, the 3rd Lord Sackville she would have inherited had she been a male, but which had passed to her cousin as the male heir. The site is ancient, a manor house with a three-armed moat, built in the Middle Ages. By 1305, Sissinghurst was impressive enough for King Edward I to spend the night. In this book Jane Brown relates Vita's first desire to be a poet, and only perhaps a consolation, the affirmation that she became a great gardener. It is, as the author has said in her introduction, the following of a thread that winds like Ariadne's through the faces and places of a marriage, and ends in a beautiful garden.
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$35
51324
Brown, Jane (John Miller, photos.)
Sissinghurst Portrait of a Garden
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1990.
Square quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 136pp., colour illustrations and monochrome diagrams. Minor wear; spotting to text block edges and mild wear to dustwrapper edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Otherwise near fine. Created in the shell of a moated sixteenth-century manor house, the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst has a romantic aspect which is unsurpassed. For nearly sixty years the garden has flourished in this setting. First created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, it has been for more than thirty years in the care of the National Trust and the two gardeners appointed by Vita - Pam Schwerdt and Sibylle Kreutzberger. Jane Brown records the history of the house, its grandeur and decay, the transformation wrought by the making of the garden and the trials and tribulations of maintaining one of the most famous gardens in the world in the face of a constant onslaught of visitors.
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$30
36152
Bushnell, Rebecca
Green Desire Imagining Early Modern English Gardens
Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2003.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles; 198pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block top edge dusted. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Near fine. For Rebecca Bushnell, English gardening books tell a fascinating tale of the human love for plants and our will to make them do as we wish. These books powerfully evoke the desires of gardeners: they show us gardeners who, like poets, imagine not just what is but what should be. In particular, the earliest English garden books, such as Thomas Hill's "The Gardener's Labyrinth" or Hugh Platt's "Floraes Paradise", mix magical practices with mundane recipes even when the authors insist that they rely completely on their own experience in these matters. Like early modern 'books of secrets', early gardening manuals often promise the reader power to alter the essential properties of plants: to make the gillyflower double, to change the lily's hue, or to grow a cherry without a stone. "Green Desire" describes the innovative design of the old manuals, examining how writers and printers marketed them as fiction as well as practical advice for aspiring gardeners. Along with this attention to the delights of reading, it analyzes the strange dignity and pleasure of garden labour and the division of men's and women's roles in creating garden art. The book ends by recounting the heated debate over how much people could do to create marvels in their own gardens. For writers and readers alike, these green desires inspired dreams of power and self-improvement, fantasies of beauty achieved without work, and hopes for order in an unpredictable world - not so different from the dreams of gardeners today.
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$28
100167
Chamblas-Ploton, Mic (Jean-Baptiste Leroux, illus.; Foreword by Stephane Bern)
Royal Gardens Extraordinary Edens from Around the World
Abrams, New York NY, 2014.
Quarto; hardcover; 279pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear to dustwrapper edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Throughout history and around the world, monarchies have overseen the creation of splendid gardens on the grounds of their royal palaces, leaving a legacy of incredibly gorgeous places rich with historical importance. These gardens were conceived not only for the pleasure of kings and queens but also as a sign of their power. In this lavishly illustrated book, photographer Jean-Baptiste Leroux takes us on an exclusive walk through some of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia - all of which have belonged, or still belong, to royal families. Author Mic Chamblas-Ploton presents the intriguing history of these unforgettable landscapes, accented by personal testimonies of their owners.
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$45
212462
Chatto, Beth (photos. Steven Wooster)
Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden: Drought Resistant Planting Through the Year
Viking-Studio, New York, 2000.
Quarto hardcover; dark red boards with silver gilt spine titling, plan endpapers; 185pp., colour illustrations. Some mild offsetting to occasional pages; slightly scraped board corners. Illustrated dustwrapper with chipping on head of spine. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The story of how Beth Chatto created her gravel garden on 'possibly the driest, and the most windswept, piece of soil in England' has a message of hope for gardeners everywhere. At the outset she promised herself: 'This garden was not to be irrigated in times of drought. Once established the plants must fend for themselves or die.' The results, eloquently described by the author and beautifully portrayed in Steven Wooster's specially commissioned photographs taken through the seasons, testify to the triumphant outcome of the adventure. Showing how her principles can be applied on any scale, this book is an essential read for any gardener facing water shortages and poor soil. Rich with hard-won tips and expressed in Beth Chatto' s matchless style, this is a gardening classic.
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$40
201506
Chivers, Susan, & Suzanne Woloszynska (Peter Woloszynski, illus.; Foreword by Penelope Hobhouse)
Gardens of the Heart
Chatto & Windus, London, 1987.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling, green endpapers; 160pp., colour illustrations. Light rubbing and some superficial scratching to dustwrapper with two tiny tears on upper front edge and along rear spine panel edge, mild wear to edges. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Describes two dozen English gardens belonging to prominent British citizens, from Barbara Cartland's Hertfordshire garden to that of Sir John Gielgud in Buckinghamshire
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$25
209966
Crittenden, Victor
Yesterday's Gardens A History and Bibliography of Australian Gardening Books
The Mulini Press, Jamison Centre ACT, 2002.
Royal octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 276pp., with a colour frontispiece and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. No dustwrapper as issued. Near fine.
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$25
72780
David, Penny
A Garden Lost in Time The Mystery of the Ancient Gardens of Aberglasney
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1999.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling and green endpapers; 192pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper. For half a century the Gardens at Aberglasney were left to decay. The Japanese knotweed - imported as a Victorian exotic - grew taller than a man, the yew and box ran wild, and ivy roots grew fat in the ancient stonework of the massive walls. The gardens all but disappeared beneath a shroud of green. Visitors forcing their way through this jungle noticed the unusual layout, and as word spread the importance of the site was acknowledged and - at last - an ambitious plan of restoration was put in hand. The magic and beauty of the site was still there even when all was decay and ruin. Today, with the restoration nearing completion the 'sleeping beauty' has been awakened with a new role to play. Penny David has told the story of the garden's awakening. In a new era Aberglasney will be regarded as one of Britain's most beautiful gardens enriched by its history.
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$30
67565
David, Penny (Foreword by Chris Beardshaw)
More Hidden Gardens
Cassell, London, 2004.
Quarto hardcover, 176pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; dustwrapper edges and corner lightly worn with a small tear on upper front edge. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Every garden has its mysteries, even the newest. The ground, after all, is as old as time - what grew here before? Who trod the soil, decided what to plant and what to change? And when a piece of land has been gardened for perhaps a century and more, it will contain countless layers of hidden history - the imprint of lost garden features, and the planting passions of forgotten gardeners. The book accompanied the second BBC series and explores six further fascinating gardens dating back as long ago as medieval times.
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$22
210052
Davies, Jennifer
The Victorian Kitchen Garden
BBC Books, London, 1991.
Small quarto hardcover; brown boards with gilt spine titling; 160pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Two tiny spots on front endpaper. Minor wear; mild edgewear to dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Behind high redbrick walls at Chilton Foliat in Berkshire lies an extraordinary example of a traditional Victorian kitchen garden. This book traces its recent restoration from a neglected patch of weed-choked ground into a productive and well-ordered plot, cultivated with the use of Victorian tools and techniques and planted with 19th-century varieties of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The garden reflects the characteristics of the era - the inventiveness and interest in science, the constant quest for improvement and the strict social hierarchy.
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$20
58532
Dixon, Trisha and Jennie Churchill
The Vision of Edna Walling Garden Plans 1920-1951
Bloomings Books, Melbourne Vic., 1998.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and decorated endpapers; 150pp., monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Smudge to upper corner of half-title; else near fine to fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This book contains over fifty reproductions of Edna Walling's watercolour plans conveying the ambience of the finished gardens she intended to create as well as providing valuable insight into her design principles. "Gardeners are given to wild dreams. An incurable disease; even ninety-nine failures out of a hundred tries won't cure it. Let's hope they never find a cure." - Edna Walling
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$50
86899
Dohna, Countess Ursula (Count Philipp Schonborn, illus.; Princess Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, ed.)
Private Gardens of Germany
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1986.
Quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 222pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild spotting to page edges of title page; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with light wear to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine otherwise. "In 1737, to keep up with their wealthy Viennese neighbours, the aristocratic Oettingen family had an ornamental garden built. They stocked it with rare plants including olive trees and nearly 30,000 tulip bulbs, which they had floated down the Danube from their private palace nurseries upriver in Germany, at Wallerstein. Today, the in-town Viennese garden has vanished, but those at the magnificent Schloss Wallerstein are going strong. The gardens at the palace or schloss at Wallerstein are one of 30 featured in this lavishly illustrated book. The gardens in the book embrace a wide range of landscapes, from the turreted Schloss Adelebsen, a 16th-century stone castle towering over a medieval town to Rommersdorf, an herb garden in a cloistered courtyard of a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Also included is an Alpine garden at Bogensberglehen, where more than 50 varieties of roses bloom against a spectacular background of snowcapped peaks. German gardens are the product of many different influences. In the 17th century, aristocratic Germans taking the traditional 'Grand Tour' brought back gardening ideas from Italy, France and England. The landscape architects of Germany adopted a gardening vocabulary that was Italian, French and British - and sometimes a mixture of all three. Some German gardens, especially those dating from the 17th century with parterres and ponds or lakes, show a classical French influence. Italianate-style German gardens showcase clipped topiary and limestone statuary. The terraced gardens and the grotto built at at Schloss Gudenau near Bonn in the mid-18th century and Schloss Malberg's garden with its rococo carved staircase and 18th-century statues of figures from Greek mythology are among those in Germany inspired by Italian landscape design. The boxwood-edged flower gardens at Schloss Kalbeck were based on the celebrated French renaissance garden at Villandry. Villa Hugel, the estate of steel baron Alfred Krup features vast lawns and distant prospects of rare imported trees, in the best 18th-century English landscape garden tradition. According to author Ursula Dohna, whose speciality is horticultural history, by the 19th century, residences with respectable gardens were de rigueur for virtually every Duke, Elector and religious figure of consequence in Germany. Many of their gardens are included in the book, along with lengthy histories." - Patricia Dane Rogers
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$35
61383
Fairbrother, Nan
Men and Gardens
Lyons & Burford, New York NY, 1994.
Octavo; paperback; 270pp. Remainder. New. This book as Charles Elliott writes in his foreword, is as much about the writing as it is about the gardening. "Ostensibly aiming to explore why people have gardened, she soon has us totally engrossed in gardening history, in delicious extracts from garden writers both famous and obscure, in evocations of gardening styles from the medieval to the modern, in anecdotes and advice and occasional tough-minded opinions... Unpredictable, discursive, underpinned with wit and a general sense of delight in the subject, Men and Gardens is less a history of gardening than an irresistible invitation to contemplate its whole amazing range of joys, achievements, eccentricities, and obsessions."
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$15
211773
Filippi, Olivier
The Dry Gardening Handbook Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate
Thames & Hudson Inc., New York NY, 2008
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles, a blind-stamped upper board decoration and decorative endpapers; 208pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minimal wear. Dustwrapper. Fine. Making a garden that can withstand summer drought without being watered is the dream of many who wish to garden in harmony with the environment. In this classic work on gardening in dry climates Olivier Filippi offers practical advice to achieve this goal based on his, and his wife Clara's, experience of working with Mediterranean-region plants for over 30 years. The first part of the book examines the behaviour of plants that face drought in their natural habitat. What is drought and how do plants manage to survive when little water is available? The second part is concerned with gardening techniques in a dry climate. How do you prepare the soil, when do you plant, how do you maintain a dry garden? The third and longest part describes in detail no less than 500 rewarding plants that are marvellously well adapted to dry gardens.
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$50
210068
Fisher, Adrian & Georg Gerster
The Art of the Maze
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1990.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 158pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild rubbing and edgewear to dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. Newspaper cutting laid in. One of the world's leading maze designers displays his most spectacular and complex mazes, and reveals their powerful psychological secrets, mathematical structures, and how to solve them quickly. Over 150 illustrations, including 100 colour photos, cover Greek minotaurs, Roman mosaic labyrinths, medieval Christian pavement mazes, Amazon Indian myths, remote island tribal mazes, aerial shots of modern mazes, and hedge mazes you can build. "Explains the mystery of mazes, from the simplest to the most complex." - Publisher's Weekly.
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$30
42524
FitzGerald, Olda
Irish Gardens
Conran, London, 1999.
Hardcover, folio, 224pp., colour illustrations. Inscription on endpaper. Preliminaries lightly spotted, slight scraping to boards. Dustwrapper minor wear, slight wrinkling to head of spine panel with tiny scrapes. Very good. Dustwrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The gardens of Ireland are famed for their great beauty, variety and distinctive character. Fine rain, soft sunshine, the warmth of the Gulf Stream, and the dramatic settings of rivers and mountains combine to create the perfect conditions for the creation of magical gardens of breathtaking diversity. This enchanting book celebrates twenty of the best Irish gardens, telling their fascinating stories, revealing their secrets and evoking their particular atmosphere. A personal friend of many of the owners, Olda FitzGerald paints an informed and intimate portrait of these gardens and the people who created and maintain them.
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$32
15899
Fox, Paul
Clearings Six Colonial Gardeners and Their Landscapes
Miegunyah Press, Carlton Vic. 2005.
Royal octavo; gatefold paperback; 269pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine. The stories of six colonial Australian gardeners and their transformation of the Australian landscape are told in this revealing look at 19th Century botany, horticulture, and plant collecting. Original writings, illustrations, and photographs from this time period help to reveal the progress of the gardeners as they made clearings on land that they did not understand was still inhabited by people.
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$20
210062
Galbraith, Jean
A Garden Lover's Journal, 1943-1946
The Five Mile Press, Fitzroy Vic., 1989.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with white spine titling, green endpapers; 137pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; rubbed board edges and corners; mildly spotted text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with wear to edges, chipping at corners and spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. An almost forgotten Australia, focusing on a small rural community during the 1940s, is charmingly evoked in "A Garden Lover's Journal". Despite the Second World War, it is a peaceful world of friends and family, reading, poetry, jam-making, hens, and, above all, gardening. The month-by-month accounts of country life that make up this delightful book were written by naturalist Jean Galbraith for the magazine "The Australian Garden Lover" between August 1943 and June 1946. There is a freshness and timelessness about her evocation of the ever-changing seasons that gives an immediacy to her writing. Nostalgic illustrations, photographs and colour plates complement this delightful book.
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$25
204283
Gallagher, Timmy (Christopher McMahon, illus.)
The Gardens at Filoli
Pomegranate Artbooks, Rohnert Park CA, 1994.
Landscape quarto; gatefold paperback; 128pp. with a map and many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed. Very good to near fine. Filoli is a 654-acre estate located thirty miles from San Francisco. Built in the early 1900s, today it is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and showcases world-renowned gardens reminiscent of the finest European manors. For this book, Christopher McMahon has chosen over 100 of more than 1,000 colour photographs he took while he was assistant garden superintendent of the estate. Together with text by horticulturist Timmy Gallagher, McMahon's pictures present an informative and sensuous stroll through the Filoli gardens.
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$18
210090
Geddes-Brown, Leslie
The Water Garden
Merrell, London, 2008.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with white upper board and spine titling, blue endpapers; 192pp., colour illustrations. Fine. Shrink wrapped. Leslie Geddes-Brown traces the history of the decorative use of water in the garden, from the tinkling fountains of ancient Persian enclosures to the most avant-garde creations by 21st century designers. Thematic chapters present water gardens of all types, from Islamic and Oriental to romantic and formal.
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$40
42679
Harvey, John
Early Nurserymen
Phillimore & Co. Ltd., London, 1974.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 276pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; some light dusting to the text block top edge. Price-clipped dustwrapper lightly edgeworn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. 'Mr Harvey has made a detailed study of the growth and development of the trade in seeds, plants, bulbs and trees from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. In this book he gives to the gardener and to the historian the results of that study in an organised and highly readable account which will undoubtedly match the success enjoyed by his earlier work "Early Gardening Catalogues". Like its predecessor, "Early Nurserymen" is a pioneering study in a field of increasing public interest, but the biographical and topographical information about the nurserymen and their nurseries will be of great interest to local historians, as will the facts and figures of the trade be of value to economic historians. Not least, the book has much to offer the general reader with an interest in gardens and plants and how they have developed.'
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$50
42711
Henty, Carol
For the People's Pleasure Australia's Botanic Gardens
Greenhouse Publications, Richmond NSW, 1988.
Quarto hardcover, 186pp., colour plates. Foxed preliminaries, faintly spotted upper text block edges; else near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In Australia the early British colonists were given a rare opportunity to develop botanic gardens as an integral part of their cities. This, and the discovery of Australia's enormous variety of unusual and hitherto unknown plant life, led to the development of some of the world's most spectacular gardens. Maintaining strong links with the 'mother garden' in England, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, upon which they were modelled, Australian gardens began to emerge in the 1870s and 80s as notable entities in their own right, both in their scientific role and for the unique beauty of their designs and settings. This book presents fourteen of Australia's botanic gardens with more than 300 colour plates.
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$22
211594
Hicks, David (photos. Dana Hyde)
My Kind of Garden
Garden Art Press, 2010.
Quarto hardcover; black boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 272pp., colour illustrations. Mild edgewear to dustwrapper. Very good to near fine otherwise. David Hicks' international reputation was built on his talents as an interior designer but, from his childhood on. gardening had always been an underlying passion. In the latter part of his life, he devoted his attention more and more to gardens, designing both for himself and for others around the world. "My Kind of Garden" summarizes his philosophy of garden design which was nothing if not forthright. It guides the reader through the gardens that influenced the young Hicks, from Villandry in France to Lutyen's Moghul Garden in New Delhi; it reveals the genesis of his own garden at the Grove in Oxfordshire, his family home where, in a four-acre plot, he created a series of ten 'outdoor rooms' with hornbeam 'walls' and linked by 'corridors'; and chronicles the outstanding gardens around the globe which he so much admired, from Europe to the United States, Australia and South Africa. Finally, we see the gardens which he designed himself both in England and abroad.
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$50
84354
Hobhouse, Penelope
The Story of Gardening
Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 2002.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling; 468pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear only and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. 'The fact that Penelope Hobhouse has her name above the title on the cover of The Story of Gardening is testament to her position as one of the most revered garden experts in the world. Her hugely ambitious book does just what it says: tells the story of gardening, from the Sumerian hunting parks of 3,000 BC to the designer-provocateurs of the 21st century. Dispensing with chronology in just four pages by creating a time chart that outlines the main trends and influences of the past 5,000 years, Hobhouse is free to divide the book into chapters on Heavenly Beauty, Earthly Delight; Novelties, Inventions and Revivals; Naturalism to Modernism. This makes the book a very personal account of gardening through the ages and brings alive her claim that "discovering the way in which gardening has evolved enriches every gardener's life". Lavish illustrations explain the way different cultures used gardens - Europeans created them to promenade in, whereas in Persia there was nothing worse than being exposed to the searing heat, and shade gardens were built as places of refuge. Vivid accounts of how conquering armies brought change to landscapes around the world and stories of the greatest garden fantasies make this an easy book to read.' - Jill Sinclair
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$32
203358
Hobhouse, Penelope, & Patrick Taylor (eds.) (Introduction by Hugh Johnson)
Gardens of Europe
George Philip Ltd., London, 1990.
First edition: quarto; hardcover with silver-gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 384pp., with maps and monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; minor guillotining error to the last page. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The art of gardening has flourished in Europe for almost 2,000 years and, in no other part of the world, is there such a rich profusion of gardens to be visited - from the intimate Moorish courtyards at the heart of the Alhambra to the great baroque layouts such as Versailles, or Vaux-le-Vicomte, and the great luxuriant planting of Sissinghurst and Hidcote in England. All the great set-pieces are here, but so too are a host of much less familiar gardens which are equally entrancing. Some have their roots in the enclosed 'giardini segreti' of Renaissance Italy; others, such as the glen garden at Crarae in Scotland, a plantsman's collection of trees and shrubs, have been created in the 20th Century.
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$25
97319
Hopwood, Rosalind
Fountains and Water Features From Ancient Springs to Modern Marvels
Frances Lincoln, London, 2009.
Large quarto hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling, decorated endpapers; 208pp., colour illustrations. Mild rubbing to board edges and corners with small bump on upper edges; slight wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Water has played a central role since the very first gardens were created, and has been managed and directed in a surprising range of formal and naturalistic styles. Water features have been used in symbolic or mythological schemes, for private contemplation, for entertainment and for large-scale displays of power and wealth. Rosalind Hopwood traces the history of fountains, providing descriptions of the some of the key examples across Europe, such as Moorish water gardens in Spain, Renaissance pleasure fountains, impressive schemes at Chatsworth and Vaux le Vicomte and the wide range of modern examples. Today's water features commonly make use of hydraulics with computers and light effects, creating ever more novel and theatrical water features, particularly in public gardens. This is an important new history on this central gardening theme, illustrated throughout with colour plates.
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$40
15898
Hunt, John Dixon
Gardens and the Picturesque Studies in the History of Landscape Architecture
MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1992.
Paperback, octavo; 386pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges, rubbing and wear to cover edges. Otherwise very good. John Dixon Hunt is widely considered one of the foremost of today's writers on the history and theory of gardens and landscape architecture. Gardens and the Picturesque collects 11 of Hunt's essays - several of them never before published - that deal with the ways in which men and women have given meaning to gardens and landscapes, especially with the ways in which gardens have represented the world of nature "picturesquely". Ranging over subjects from the cult of the picturesque to verbal-visual parallels within gardens, from allegorical imagery to landscape painting, these essays brilliantly invoke Hunt's fascination with the idea of the garden both as a milieu - by which gardens become the most eloquent expressions of complex cultural ideas - and as a site of cultural translation, whereby one period shapes for its own purposes the ideas and forms inherited from its predecessors. From Castle Howard in Yorkshire to French impressionist gardens, the essays deal with several crucial aspects of the picturesque controversy, how practical applications of the Picturesque taste affected people's treaty with and experience of landscape gardens and even the larger landscape - this last is tracked through the work of the great painter J. M. W. Turner and his talented commentator, John Ruskin, as well as through the garden designs of Humphry Repton and the lingering debts to the picturesque movement that haunt modernist theory. The book concludes with a consideration of the utopian aspirations and views of the garden in different societies. John Dixon Hunt is currently academic advisor to the Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville VA, the founding editor of both "The Journal of Garden History" and "Word & Image", and he has been a Senior Fellow and, from 1988 to 1991, director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks.
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$25
56201
Hyams, Edward, & William MacQuitty
Great Botanical Gardens of the World
Nelson, London, 1969.
Folio hardcover, 288pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Text block edges lightly toned. Sticker residue on half-title text block. Dustwrapper edges and corners slightly worn. Otherwise very good. Professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This sumptuous book describes the beauties and rarities of nearly fifty of the world's greatest botanical gardens, with fascinating insights into their histories. It is illustrated with nearly 100 colour plates, many more black and white photographs, and paintings, plans and maps. The authors have travelled to every important botanical garden: from Padua, Sydney, Moscow and Vienna to San Francisco, Leyden, Kew and South Africa. As a reference book it is unrivalled in its review of the world's great botanical gardens, examined with a skill and understanding as never before. From the formal elegance of the European gardens to the cool vistas of the temperate zones and the luxuriance of the tropics, this is a wonderful study.
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$24
60428
Irvine, Susan (Simon Griffiths, illus.)
The Garden at Forest Hall
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2002.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with decorative front endpapers and rear endpaper maps; 268pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; somewhat cocked; spine extremities lightly softened with slight wear to board corners and edges; previous owner's ink inscription to the half-title page. Mild edgewear to dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine. The Old House at Forest Hall was almost derelict; the garden beneath the blackberry could only be guessed at. Besides, Susan Irvine already had a renowned garden, and she and Bill had no intention of shifting to Tasmania. So of course they bought it. This gardening memoir shows a glimpse of a master gardener who works intuitively, letting the garden suggest itself over time rather than on the drawing board; someone alive to the surprises and secrets an old garden only gradually reveals; someone sensitive to the intentions and history of its first builders and sanguine about the depredations of wildlife and weather. Garden lovers will be inspired by the grand garden design that unfolds throughout these pages.
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$28
210125
Jekyll, Gertrude
Garden Ornament
The Antique Collectors' Club, London, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations and illustrated endpapers; 460pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear; spine heel lightly softened; some light spotting and marks to the text block edges; text block and page edges very lightly toned. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This is one of Gertrude Jekyll's last books and she saw it as the discussion of garden ornament in relation to architecture. With her characteristic forthrightness and long experience, she made good use of the excellent collection of photographs available from "Country Life" magazine to show what should or what should not be done. It was no part of her intention to encourage the use of garden ornaments but rather to show how they could and should not be used to achieve the best effect. Once again, one can only admire Gertrude Jekyll's unusual and creative flair, her considered and eminently sensible opinions, her practical guidance; and be surprised anew that her messages are as fresh, imaginative and valuable as when she first wrote "Garden Ornament" over 100 years ago.
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$100
209959
Jekyll, Gertrude
Lilies for English Gardens A Guide for Amateurs
Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., London, 1982.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 152pp. (+ 3pp. of adverts), with a full-colour frontispiece and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block and page edges very lightly toned; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel. Very good. This text is written to dispel the myth that lilies are difficult to grow and best left to specialists. This illustrated handbook is aimed specifically at the amateur and is a tribute to these plants which the author feels deserve a much wider appreciation.
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$30
73812
Jekyll, Gertrude
Wall, Water and Woodland Gardens Including the Rock Garden and the Heath Garden
Antique Collectors Club Ltd., London, 1982.
Eighth edition, revised: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 479pp., with a full-colour frontispiece and many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat cocked; softening to the spine extremities; text block edges faintly spotted; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and edgeworn with some light scuffing to the lower panel. Very good. Another classic, fortunately completed a few weeks before Gertrude Jekyll's death. This book describes dry-wall, rock and terrace gardens, stream, lake, pond and pool gardens, water in the rock garden, the heath garden and woodland gardening. Imaginative garden design and plantings.
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$35
90175
Jekyll, Gertrude (Graham Stuart Thomas, ed.)
Colour in the Flower Garden
Mitchell Beazley, 1995.
Octavo Hardcover; green boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, marbled red endpapers; 160pp., with monochrome plates, illustrations and fold-out pages. Owner's name. Toned text block edges with a few spots. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is considered to be Gertrude Jekyll's finest work. Taking her inspiration from painting, and using her remarkable ability to visualise harmony of colour and creative design, she wrote, in 1908, an astonishing book, combining as it does all the wealth of her practical gardening skills with her original and inventive approach to colour schemes - garden pictures as she called them.
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$25
210203
Johnstone, Esme
The Girl Who Loved Donkeys A Biography of Edna Walling
National Trust of Australia, South Yarra, 2007.
Octavo paperback; 172pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; rubbing to rear panel lower edge of cover; mild wear to edges and one or two faint spots on text block edge. Very good.
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$30
42539
Joyce, David (ed.)
Garden Styles An Illustrated History of Design and Tradition.
Pyramid Books, London, 1989.
Hardcover, quarto: cream boards with green endpapers; 192pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; scattered spotting to boards; one or two spots on prelims; mildly toned text block edges with some scattered spotting. Illustrated dustwrapper with minimal wear to edges. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Based on The Oxford Companion to Gardens.
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$28
210074
Karson, Robin
Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect An Account of the Gardenmaker's Life 1885-1971
Harry Abrams Inc., New York NY, 1989.
Quarto hardcover; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 344pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild rubbing to lower board edges; a few faint spots on lower text block edge. Otherwise very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. One of the greatest landscape architects of last century, Fletcher Steele occupies a unique position in the history of American garden-making. For sixty years he practised landscape architecture as a fine art, designing nearly seven hundred gardens. Often brilliant, always original, Steele's work is considered by many to constitute the essential link between Nineteenth Century Beaux Arts formalism and modern landscape design.
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$40
30842
Laird, Mark (Hugh Palmer, illus.)
The Formal Garden
Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1992.
Hardcover quarto, 240pp., 151 colour and 155 monochrome plates. Slight wear to board edges and corners; a few faint marks on half-title page; dustwrapper very slightly faded along spine and upper rear corner of rear panel; lightly chipped spine extremities and corners. Otherwise very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In this study, Mark Laird explores how historic gardens were originally experienced, and how they have changed. The gardens as they look today are seen to be a fascinating overlay through time of changing ideas and attitudes both 'architectonic' and botanical. The evidence unearthed suggests that formality is the central and enduring tradition of Western garden design, that it was still vigorously alive in the eighteenth century and that its relation to the landscape garden has been consistently misjudged. In some gardens, the original planting has disappeared, others have been meticulously restored; indeed traditional categories prove insufficient to describe them, for a 'Baroque' garden may actually be a reinterpretation from the 1930s. In the course of his investigations, the author draws on archival sources - maps, plans, published and unpublished descriptions - and his own horticultural expertise to look afresh at over 50 of the finest surviving gardens in Europe and the United States. All the major styles - Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Regency, Rococo are represented along with 19th and 20 century revivals.
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$35
210123
Laras, Ann (Ake E:son Lindman, illus.)
Gardens of Italy
Frances Lincoln Ltd., London, 2005.
Quarto; full cloth with silver-gilt spine titles; 208pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. This inspirational book is an illustrated survey of more than 60 major gardens open to the public in Italy, from the lakes north of Milan down to Ravello in the south. They include the Villa Balbianello, Isola Bella, Giardini Giusti, Villa Medici, Villa Gamberaia, La Mortella, Villa Lante, Villa d'Este, Giardini di Ninfa, plus some important modern gardens.
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$35
210292
Latreille, Anne
Garden of a Lifetime Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm
Macmillan/Pan Macmillan (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 2007.
Landscape quarto; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine and upper board titles; 192pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; slightly shaken; some light wear to the spine extremities; rear free endpaper creased. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. very good. How many people have owned - and cared for - a garden for more than eight decades? Dame Elisabeth Murdoch did, as steward of Cruden Farm - near Langwarrin, south-east of Melbourne - from 1929 until her death in 2011. This book takes readers on a journey around the garden, and traces its evolution. It tells Dame Elisabeth's fascinating life story. It extracts relevant messages, and gardening tips, from diaries meticulously kept by long-serving gardener Michael Morrison. Gardens are about people, as well as about plants. Dame Elisabeth understood this as she generously shared Cruden Farm with the public over many years. Her legacy continues.
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$45
210063
Latreille, Anne
The Natural Garden - Ellis Stones His Life and Work
Viking O'Neil/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1990.
Quarto hardcover; black boards with white spine titling, purple endpapers; 260pp., colour and b&w illustrations. Minor wear; lower board spine bumped and rubbing to board corners. Illustrated dustwrapper with sunned spine panel, adjacent and upper front edge; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Ellis Stones, like Edna Walling, was a pioneer of Twentieth Century Australian landscape design. Long before conservation became accepted or fashionable, Stones was a committed and passionate advocate. His sensitivity to the wider environment - to streetscapes, urban development and Australia's bushland - combined with his attention to detail and his mastery of rockwork, led him to create gardens of great sculptural yet informal beauty. Lichens were encouraged to soften stony forms, paths to wend and wind and, although he never claimed to be "the creator of the bush garden", Stones consciously sought to remind people of nature. His landscaping was always guided by the belief that a garden is as important a living space as any room and should be designed with people's needs in mind.
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$65
210122
Law-Smith, Joan
A Gardener's Diary
Women's Committee of the National Trust of Australia (Vic.), Melbourne Vic., 1976.
Folio; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 112pp., with a colour frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear; previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown; previous owner's ink inscription to the rear free endpaper. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Laid in: a sheet of wrapping paper designed by the artist.
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$30
210051
Law-Smith, Joan (photos. Barbara Strange)
The Garden Within
National Trust, Melbourne, 1991.
Small quarto hardcover; green boards with white spine and green spine titling, pink endpapers; 127pp., colour illustrations. Two small triangular tears on upper and lower front of dustwrapper, sunned spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Minor wear otherwise. Very good. Bolobek, in the Macedon district of Victoria, is considered by many to be the finest garden in Australia. "The Garden Within" is the story of Bolobek's development over the last twenty years and of its progress through the seasons. The narrator is Joan Law-Smith, who shares with us her deep love of plants from the five continents, and the skills and lore necessary to maintain them in the garden.
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$25
210023
le Dantec, Denise, & Jean-Pierre le Dantec (Jessica Levine, trans.)
Reading the French Garden Story and History
MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1987.
Octavo hardcover; green cloth boards with upper board and spine navy titling, yellow /green endpapers; 272pp., with monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; binding slightly rolled. Illustrated dustwrapper; with some scraping and wear at corners and edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Alternating discursive accounts, with fictional vignettes, that recreate time and place, this book skilfully integrates the history of French gardens with the modern history of ideas.
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$25
62695
Lewis, Cherry
The Making of a Garden: Gertrude Jekyll An anthology of her writings, illustrated with her own photographs and drawings and watercolours by contemporary artists
Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1987
Quarto hardcover; olive green cloth boards with gilt spine and upper board titling and illustrated endpapers; 167pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; a few tiny spots and tiny stain on upper rear corner of dustwrapper. Near fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "I lay no claim either to literary ability, or to botanical knowledge, or even to knowing the best practical methods of cultivation; but I have lived among outdoor flowers for many years, and have not spared myself in the way of actual labour, and have come to be on closely intimate and friendly terms with a great many growing things, and have acquired certain instincts which, though not clearly defined, are of the nature of useful knowledge. But the lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives' (Gertrude Jekyll).
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$32
211151
Moldi-Ravenna, Cristiana, & Tudy Sammartini (Gianni Berengo Gardin, illus.; Joseph A. Precker, trans.)
Secret Gardens in Venice
EBS Verona/Arsenale Editrice srl., Venice Italy, 1996.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 398pp., with many full-colour illustrations and a map. Minor wear; publisher's bookplate to the last blank page. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The book examines both the present reality and the past history of the gardens of Venice. In Venice gardens are by definition private places, extra rooms to the palazzi. Owing to the geographical limitations of the city, gardens acquire the added value of rarity and thus confer further prestige on their owners. Cristiana Moldi-Ravenna and Tudy Sammartini have divided the book into seven chapters dealing with purely Venetian themes: memory, confidence, self-celebration, ornamentation, imagination, the arcane, meditation. The text is supported by generous quotations from earlier writers, both Italian and foreign, offering a mixture of historical observations and personal impressions. The book is further enriched by an extraordinary array of colour pictures by Gianni Berengo Gardin who creates a series of fascinating poetic images, revealing a wholly new and unknown side of the city.
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$40
86558
Mowl, Timothy
Gentlemen & Players Gardeners of the English Landscape
Sutton Publishing, Thrupp, 2000.
Small quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers. 218pp., with 8pp. of full-colour plates and many black and white illustrations. Slightly cocked. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn. Very good to near fine. This book traces the development of garden style through the owners who projected them and the gardeners who worked in them. There was an interchange of ideas, technologies and discoveries as theories were absorbed, popularised and then discarded in a fascinating sequence of action and reaction. With noble exceptions like Stephen Switzer and Batty Langley, the professionals were blinkered conformists, making money first and gardens second. In their highly competent way Inigo Jones, George London, Henry Wise, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton were all orthodox practitioners, tied to the political, social and economic forces of their time. The innovators, with the leisure and the detachment to dream, were the amateurs, all with gentry pretensions: John Evelyn, Lords Cobham and Burlington, Alexander Pope, William Shenstone and Richard Payne Knight. These were the mould breakers the horticultural Jacobins of the garden world. The two dreams that lured them on to experiment should have been incompatible but in the event worked creatively together: one was a lost, mythical perfection of classical Greece - the scholarly gardens of Epicurus, the other was a Puritan vision of romantic nature - the real Paradise Lost with a raw beauty of wild hills and woodland waters. Their fusion was a very English compromise, but undeniably brilliant.
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$25
67510
Nottle, Trevor (Ray Jarratt, illus.)
Old-Fashioned Gardens
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst NSW, 1992.
Quarto hardcover; pale blue boards with gilt spine titling; blue endpapers; 192pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; dustwrapper with light wear to edges and corners. Very good to near fine. More and more people are discovering the pleasures of old-fashioned gardens and plants. In "Old-Fashioned Gardens" Trevor Nottle, a gardening historian as well as an enthusiastic gardener, presents a fascinating description of the cottage and villa gardens of the nineteenth century and reveals the secrets of re-creating them today. Throughout the book the author shares with the reader his boundless enthusiasm for collecting, growing and enjoying old-fashioned flowers. Many of these are illustrated in Ray Jarratt's beautiful colour photographs.
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$22
88152
Ockenga, Starr
Eden on Their Minds American Gardeners with Bold Visions
Clarkson Potter, New York NY, 2001.
Quarto hardcover; lime boards with black spine titling and lower board thumbnail images, decorated lime endpapers; 240pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. A few tiny chips on board edges and mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Starr Ockenga shows how a diverse group of visionary American plantsmen and women have taken risks, pushed boundaries and stretched traditions to create distinctive, idiosyncratic gardens. Boldly conceived and boldly executed, these 21 gardens are highly personal interpretations of paradise.
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$35
210204
Page, Russell
The Education of a Gardener
New York Review of Books, New York NY, 2007.
Octavo paperback; 381pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Faint spotting to text block edges; mild rubbing to covers with slight wear to edges and corners. Very good. Russell Page, one of the legendary gardeners and landscapers of the Twentieth Century, designed gardens great and small for clients throughout the world. His memoirs, borne of a lifetime of sketching, designing, and working on site, are a mixture of engaging personal reminiscence, keen critical intelligence, and practical know-how. They are not only essential reading for today's gardeners, but a master's compelling reflection on the deep sources and informing principles of his art. "The Education of a Gardener" offers charming, sometimes pointed anecdotes about patrons, colleagues, and, of course, gardens, together with lucid advice for the gardener. Page discusses how to plan a garden that draws on the energies of the surrounding landscape, determine which plants will do best in which setting, plant for the seasons, handle colour, and combine trees, shrubs, and water features to rich and enduring effect. To read "The Education of a Gardener" is to wander happily through a variety of gardens in the company of a wise, witty, and knowledgeable friend. It will provide pleasure and insight not only to the dedicated gardener, but to anyone with an interest in abiding questions of design and aesthetics, or who simply enjoys an unusually well-written and thoughtful book.
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$16
96850
Pearn, John
A Doctor in the Garden - signed Nomen Medici in Botanicis: Australian Flora and the World of Medicine
Amphion Press, Brisbane Qld., 2001.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 497pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Inscribed by the author in ink to the owner on the front endpaper. Mild wear; a few faint scattered spots on upper text block edge and mild rubbing to dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. "The front cover of this book portrays the themes of this work. At left is Asclepius - later Aesculapius - the Greek God of Medicine. He is holding a staff with its entwined serpent. This is the universal symbol of medicine, and, by extension, a symbol of all health itself. At right is Robert Brown (1773-1858), former Regimental Surgeon of the Fifeshire Fencibles and known universally as 'The Father of Australian Botany'. A Scottish surgeon, he circumnavigated Australia (1801-1803) with Lt. Matthew Flinders RN and gave the scientific names to thousands of Australian wildflowers, herbs and trees. This 1835 portrait by Pickersgill was donated to The Linnaean Society of London which by kind permission is included in this tableau. The flower is the Australian-bred hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Lady Cilento', a cultivar designated in 1984 as 'Hibiscus of the Year'. It commemorates the life and work of Lady Cilento (1894-1987), formerly Dr. Phyllis Cilento, author, clinician and a fearless and controversial advocate for women's professional equality, in her senior years Lady Cilento became Australia's best known doctor." (from the dustwrapper)
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$50
42705
Peter Cuffley
Cottage Gardens in Australia
Five Mile Press, Hawthorn Vic., 1983.
Square quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling and dark yellow endpapers, 248pp. colour and black and white illustrations. Minor wear; mild offsetting to endpapers; foxing to half-title page and mildly toned page edges; very faintly spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper very slightly faded along spine (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. The revival of interest in cottage gardens throughout Australia's suburbs and country towns was partly inspired by this well-loved volume. Fully illustrated with contemporary prints, paintings, garden plans and photographs, "Cottage Gardens" traces the social history of Australia's smaller domestic gardens from colonial days up to the present. It also offers detailed lists of the popular flowers, shrubs and trees used in this wonderful style of garden. The revival of interest in cottage gardens throughout Australia's suburbs and country towns was partly inspired by this well-loved volume. Fully illustrated with contemporary prints, paintings, garden plans and photographs, "Cottage Gardens" traces the social history of Australia's smaller domestic gardens from colonial days up to the present. It also offers detailed lists of the popular flowers, shrubs and trees used in this wonderful style of garden.
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$30
58436
Pfeiffer, Andrew
A Sense of Place The Gardens of Andrew Pfeiffer
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Melbourne Vic., 1999.
Hardcover, folio, 165pp., colour illustrations. Lower board edges and corners scuffed and worn; upper edge of dustwrapper mildly worn and spine slightly sunned. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The gardens of Andrew Pfeiffer are inspired by a deep respect for their natural environments. Whether they are informal gardens that appear to have naturally sprung from their original landscapes or whether they are striking, thematic walled gardens deliberately detached from the wilderness beyond, each of the magnificent gardens in this book is united by a single philosophy. With examples from all over the world, this sumptuously illustrated book clearly shows his abiding manifesto that the natural surroundings of a garden largely determine how it is to be designed. Magnificent colour photography throughout.
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$25
210095
Phillips, Roger, and Nicky Foy
A Photographic Garden History - signed
Macmillan, London, 1995.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling; 319pp., colour illustrations. Owner's name. Inscribed in ink to the owner by Roger Phillips. Minor wear; a few scattered spots on endpapers and prelims; faint spotting to upper text block edges. Minimal wear to illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This work illustrates important gardens of the world and major developments in garden history. As well as special sections on Chinese and Japanese gardening, the book also covers a range of gardens and styles, from Roman peristyle and French Formal style, to native plant gardens in the New World.
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$60
92401
Platt, Charles & Keith N Morgan
Italian Gardens
Saga Press, Portland OR, 2000.
Quarto hardcover; beige boards with gilt spine titling; 170pp., monochrome plates. Dense spotting to upper text block edges. Near fine otherwise in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Devoted solely to the topic of the Italian villa landscape, the handsomely illustrated volume quickly found an eager readership among American architects, landscape designers and their clients. Italian Gardens appealed to a public increasingly intrigued by the question of what the new American garden might look like. 'The first steps of one interested in the formal style of landscape architecture should be directed to Italy, where at the time of the Renaissance the great gardens which have ever since served as models of this method of design came into existence, the form they took being the natural outgrowth of the architecture and art of the period'. Platt's book also turned a national spotlight on his own fledgling architectural career, transforming him into one of the most sought-after designers in the country. Elegant photographs painted a picture of a celebratory lifestyle. The text indirectly prescribed a specific relationship between the residential landscape and architecture. Platt saw the genius in the Italian concept of a garden as a series of rooms or apartments, 'where one', he reported, 'might walk about and find a place suitable to the hour of the day and feeling of the moment, and still be in that sacred portion of the globe dedicated to one's self'. American designers took Platt's observations and images to heart and made extensive use of them.
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$30
89393
Plumptre, George (Hugh Palmer, illus.)
Garden Ornament Five Hundred Years of History and Practice
Thames & Hudson, London, 1989.
Large quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling and upper board publisher's insignia, green endpapers; 256pp., 506 illustrations, 150 in colour. Minor wear; a few faint scattered spots on upper half-title page; a few scratches on rear panel of dustwrapper. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The tremendous upsurge of interest in garden history and design in recent years has prompted a renewed fascination with the art and artefacts of garden ornament. Those decorative objects - buildings, statues, urns, balustrades, trellises, fountains, ironwork, seats - are once again playing an important part in contemporary horticultural design. With a survey of ornament in the garden design of the past and an analysis of the use of the different types of ornament in gardens old and new, this volume must be reckoned one of the most significant additions to the literature of horticulture in recent times. The photographs are the work of Hugh Palmer, probably England's leading landscape photographer. His pictures, rich in atmosphere and acutely sensitive to detail, make Garden Ornament doubly indispensable for garden historians as well as for gardeners in search of detailed information and inspiration.
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$50
205565
Schaudt, Hoerr, & Douglas Brenner
Movement and Meaning The Landscapes of Hoerr Schaudt
Monacelli Press, New York NY, 2017.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with white spine titling and upper board blind-stamped design, illustrated endpapers; 256pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; dustwrapper edges lightly worn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Otherwise near fine. Horticulture and landscape design flourish in tandem at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, one of the most dynamic firms in Chicago today. In Movement and Meaning, this landscape architecture firm reveals how they embed plant material into their projects, embracing biological changes wrought by time. Readers will come away with an understanding of both the art and the science that goes into creating a rich experience through innovative landscape architecture techniques. Over the past twenty years, the principals of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects have been acknowledged innovators in landscape architecture, and the firm has won numerous awards for its urban public spaces, academic campuses, green roofs, commercial developments, cultural institutions, and recreational destinations. The firm's long focus on innovative horticulture and particular attention to seasonality put it at the forefront of this now-popular industry-wide focus. Movement and Meaning explores forty-five public, private, and cultural projects, revealing Hoerr Schaudt's talent for creating meaningful, ever-evolving designs.
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$50
210094
Schinz, Marina, & Gabrielle van Zuylen
The Gardens of Russell Page
Stewart Tabori & Chang, New York NY, 1991.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver gilt spine titling and blind-stamped upper board titles; 255pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper with mild wear to edges and corners; sunning at flap-turns and along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. In the course of a career that spanned most of the Twentieth Century, Russell Page (1906-1985) designed more gardens than anyone in history, among them those at the PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, New York, The Frick Museum in New York City, and the Festival Gardens in Battersea Park in London. In this book, Marina Schinz's photography and Gabrielle van Zuylen's text explore the genius of Russell page: his use of water and trees, scale and proportion, hedges and compartments, steps and parks.
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$40
30787
Scott-James, Anne (Osbert Lancaster, illus.)
The Pleasure Garden An Illustrated History of British Gardening
John Murray Ltd., London, 1977.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration; 128pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some sunning to the board edges; text block and page edges toned with some spotting; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. From Roman peristyle to 20th century patio, Anne Scott-James conducts us through 2000 years of the English garden; to linger happily in simple enclosed courtyards of medieval days, and the formal showpieces of Jacobean England, and, later, to wander through sweeping, moody landscapes of the 18th century. We learn of each age's distinguished botanists, designers, and architects who, together with contemporary social conditions and sheer fad and fashion, shaped these bowers of delight.
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$20
209986
Shepherd, Thomas
Landscape Gardening in Australia
Mulini Press, Canberra, 2006.
Second edition. Facsimile of 1836 publication by John McGarvie. Octavo paperback; 95pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Fine. Originally written as a series of lectures at the Sydney Mechanics Institute and School of Arts in 1836, this work provides excellent advice on the setting out of a garden and the management of the landscape.
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$35
209941
Shulman, Nicola
A Rage for Rock Gardening The Story of Reginald Farrer, gardener, writer & plant collector
David R. Godine Publisher, Jaffrey NH, 2004.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles and an upper board decorated in blind; 123pp. with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, many illustrations likewise and 8pp. of colour plates. Minor wear; scrape to front pastedown with small sticker remnant. Else very good. 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 enthusiasts and whose adventures in Tibet and China collecting elusive and exotic specimens, including the wild tree peony, a new buddleia, and even an entire new genus called Farreria, were the stuff of legends. But Farrer was a strange man, a tortured soul. Tormented by physical disabilities (he had a hare lip, a "pygmy body", and a cleft palate) he developed a personality to match: defensive, restless, yet productive and endlessly energetic. Although "born to endless night", within his realm of horticultural exploration and exploitation, he was a giant, parlaying his disadvantages into advantages, becoming one of the great plant hunters of his age, repeatedly travelling to Japan and Tibet to collect new species and, through the influence of his extraordinary series of books, changing forever the art and practice of Western gardening.
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$17
207158
Simons, Phyl Frazer
Historic Tasmanian Gardens
Mulini Press, Canberra ACT, 1987.
Octavo paperback; 295pp., b&w illustrations. Well-rubbed covers with a few spots and marks; sunned spine panel with chipping at extremities; wear to edges. Else very good.
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$35
210054
Smithers, Peter
Adventures of a Gardener
Royal Horticultural Society / Harvill Press, London, 1995.
Small quarto hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 211pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; toning and faint spotting to text block edges. Slightly rubbed illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine Sir Peter Smithers is the creator of a vision to which he gave substance in the four main gardens in his life, reaching maturity in that at Vico Morcote in Switzerland. There he designed and developed from bare ground a full-functioning ecosystem of exotics, a community which would maintain and rejuvenate itself according to the laws of nature, with only occasional interventions by the author and gardener. Replete with magnolias, camellias, tree peonies, rhododendrons and more than ten thousand species and varieties of plant, imported from friends and nurseries in Japan, Britain, the USA and New Zealand, this "community" has matured over the years into an enchanting display of interest and beauty, which Peter Smithers has captured on camera.
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$40
60486
Stewart, Douglas (Margaret Coen, illus.; Afterword by Meg Stewart)
Douglas Stewart's Garden of Friends
Viking/Penguin Books Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1987.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorated endpapers; 135pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; previous owner's pencil inscription to the half-title. Dustwrapper with minor rubbing; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Douglas Stewart shared his garden with his friends. Some were lorikeets and rosellas, camellias and bush orchids. Some were friends in recollection: Norman Lindsay, Nancy Keesing, David Campbell. Others were members of the Stewart family of cats: the matriarch Mrs Tiddles, the simple Monty, the elegant Snowball. In this diary, Douglas Stewart reflects on nature and past times.
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$20
210048
Stroud, Dorothy
Capability Brown
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1975
First edition thus Quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with brown spine label and gilt titling, illustrated green endpapers; 262pp., b&w plates and illustrations. With an Introduction by Christopher Hussey. Minor wear; toned text block edges with spotting on top edge. Green illustrated dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Dorothy Stroud has completely re-written her famous book on Capability Brown, the doyen of English landscape architects in the Eighteenth Century, for this new edition. A great many discoveries have been made since it originally appeared in 1950, when it was a pioneering study. New documents and sources of information have come to light; new sites have been identified; old theories have been discarded and new ones have taken their place. At the same time, Brown's reputation has soared - not least because of our increasing awareness of the unique character and vulnerability of the English landscape. What we now have may be regarded as the definitive work on Brown.
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$80
203648
Symes, Michael
Mr Hamilton's Elysium The Gardens of Painshill
Frances Lincoln Ltd., London, 2010.
Quarto; hardcover, with bronze spine titles; 176pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; slightly rolled; some scuffing to the board lower edges. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed. Very good. The Hon. Charles Hamilton was one of those extraordinary eighteenth-century gentlemen who, like Lord Cobham at Stowe and Henry Hoare at Stourhead, turned their gardens into works of art. Inspired by his time in Italy, Hamilton set out to transform the 'accursed hill' at Painshill in Surrey into a pictorial landscape complete with serpentine lake and water wheel, Turkish Tent, 'Chinese Bridge', Ruined Abbey, Grotto and Hermitage. The garden soon ranked with the best in the land but it later lay forgotten until rediscovered in the 1970s. The restoration over the last thirty years or so has been as careful and dramatic as any.
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$35
73975
Tankard, Judith B. & Martin A. Wood
Gertrude Jekyll at Munstead Wood Writing Horticulture Photography Homebuilding
Bramley Books, Godalming, Surrey, UK, 1998.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 201pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with lightly worn edges and corners. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. About 1883, the Jekyll family purchased a tract of land near the family home for Gertrude to develop, which she described as 'fifteen acres of the poorest possible soil, sloping a little down towards the north with a thin skin of peaty earth on the upper part'. There was a natural growth of heath, whortleberry and bracken flourishing where a wood of Scots fir had been cut down in the 1870s. A chest-nut grove stood in the central portion, where she would eventually build her house, and, below that, a poor, sandy field that she later turned into her working gardens. Jekyll promptly set out to organise the grounds, keeping some of the natural groupings of trees and shrubs and thinning out others. She began by creating a series of paths through the woodlands, each with a distinct character. A wide grass walk was flanked by carefully chosen groups of rhododendrons pink tones in the fore-ground and white-flowering types where the woodland became denser and the shade deepened. She referred to this walk as the 'most precious possession' because it gave 'illusions of distance and mystery'. Another walk meandered through the heather; wildferns, bracken, and lilies flanked some of the smaller, more naturalistic-looking paths, each one of which provided a vista to the house. After establishing the woodland gardens, Jekyll turned her attention to ornamental gardening by creating a series of 'pictures'. One of her primary considerations, however, was the inseparability of house and garden. In the normal course of events, the house and garden would have been designed together, but at Munstead Wood, most of the gardens had been laid out before the house was built. The most successful aspect of linking the house and grounds was the small footpath leading from the lane to the house, for there was no carriage drive sweeping up to the front door, as one might have expected. 'I like the approach to a house to be as quiet and modest as possible, and in this case I wanted it to tell its own story as the way in to a small dwelling standing in wooded ground.' The hall and south terrace were centred on the grassy woodland walk laid out 15 years earlier; where it met the lawn, there were groups of silver birch mingling with the rhododendrons. From the terrace, one could see large sweeps of daffodils growing in the old smugglers' tracks and, in a clearing in the centre of the woodland, there were brilliantly hued Ghent hybrid azaleas. By 1948 the house and garden were considered an anachronism, which, together with the dispersal of her estate and the breaking up of the property seemed to spell doom. Her professional papers found a good home at the University of California at Berkeley, after they were purchased by the American landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, who was an early admirer of Jekyll's and had initially visited Munstead Wood in 1895. The house and woodland gardens survive in excellent condition, and separate parcels, all still privately owned, include The Hut, the gardener's cottage, and the kitchen gardens (now known as Munstead Quadrangle). Jekyll's legacy lies primarily in the books and articles she wrote about Munstead Wood and in the photographic record by Charles Latham, Herbert Cowley and Jekyll herself, now updated, a century on. The end of the First World War brought financial hardship to Jekyll, who was by then in her seventies and growing more reclusive. Before that, she may have lived beyond her means, with a large staff, including a head gardener and two under-gardeners. Her nursery sales helped to defray expenses, but in the end, she made few improvements to the house or garden. At the time of her death in 1932, the shrubberies around the house were considerably overgrown, and most were later cleared. (From Country Life Article)
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$30
34573
Taylor, Gordon, & Guy Cooper
Gardens of Obsession Eccentric and Extravagant Visions
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1999.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 192pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; a crease to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper mildly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Visionary, magical, beautiful, witty and bizarre describes these gardens of obsession conceived by gardeners driven by their dreams and fantasies. Some of these metamorphoses of dreams into realities are based on myths and allegories of the ancient world; others stem from personal fancies given form from one genus of plant or a particular material. They lie in the jungles of Mexico, in a back garden of mosaics in Chartres, in dew-swept lawns in Oxfordshire, extravagant topiaries in Ecuador, trees lovingly fashioned into seats and Fantastic shapes in Oregon, and a garden of 1500 roses in Somerset planted in date order of their introduction to western Europe.
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$35
100166
Vercelloni, Matteo & Virgilio with Paola Gallo (David Stanton, trans.)
Inventing the Garden
J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA, 2010.
Large quarto hardcover; white boards with green spine titling, lime decorated endpapers; 275pp., colour illustrations. Corner of half-title page excised; minor wear; else near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. A history of the garden is a history of civilization. With these Western gardens, architects Virgilio Vercelloni and Matteo Vercelloni describe the development of the garden from ancient Persia to modern-day Manhattan. For the authors, gardens are never merely collections of plants. They are lenses through which we can perceive the aesthetics, intellectual fashions, and prevailing politics of the day. From ancient Persia to contemporary California, the authors tell the fascinating story of how gardens have been shaped by historic figures, architectural styles, scientific enthusiasms, and sociological and political movements. With its generous illustrations and large format, it strikes a nice balance between being a scholarly survey of the field and a lavishly illustrated introduction. - Publishers Weekly
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$50
210149
Walling, Edna
Cottage and Garden in Australia Over 150 Illustration and Plans
Geoffrey Cumberlege for the Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1947.
First edition: royal octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration and illustrated endpapers; 150pp., with a colour chromolithographic frontispiece and many plans and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat shaken; spine extremities softened; boards rubbed with some mild insect damage to the top edges; spine extremities sunned; text block edges toned; joints starting (still strong); retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; previous owner's pencilled inscription to the half-title page; previous owner's ink inscription to the verso of the frontis. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed and sunned with edgewear and associated creasing; heavy chips from the flap-turns and spine panel head; lower two-thirds of the heavily-sunned spine panel missing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good. This book is a companion volume to the author's "Gardens in Australia", and similarly has a two-fold intention - to give pleasure as a beautiful book and to provide practical suggestions to those who are planning a cottage with a garden, or contemplate adding to the beauty of the one they own. The cottages and the gardens described are not expensive ones, and the author has curtailed expenditure to a needful minimum, and at the same time indicated how to make it yield the best results. She shows how something attractive rather than ugly, can be achieved however limited are the funds available.
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$120
58911
Walling, Edna (ed. Margaret Barrett)
A Gardener's Log
Anne O'Donovan, Melbourne Vic., 1985.
Hardcover, small quarto, brown boards with white spine titling and pictorial endpapers; 149pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; wear to board edges and corners; spotting on text block edges. Dustwrapper spine faded along the spine panel and light wear to edges. Else very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Edna Walling was born in England in 1895. She moved with her family to New Zealand, and later to Australia, during her teen years. After studying horticulture at Burnley College in Melbourne, she first worked as a gardener but began to be employed by architects as a garden designer. She wrote a regular column in Australian Home Beautiful from 1925 to 1950 and became a respected writer of books as well. Walling's distinctive gardens, her exquisite garden plans and her evocative writings have given her enduring and iconic status amongst gardeners, landscape designers and architects.
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$30
209993
Waymark, Janet
Modern Garden Design Innovation Since 1900
Thames & Hudson, London, 2005.
Quarto paperback, 256pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild edge and corner wear; a few spots and marks on text block edges. Otherwise very good to near fine. Using a selections of case studies, gardens are described where they have something to add to the accumulated store of history, or define an attitude to garden-making. The term 'Modern' is used here inclusively, and refers to the present and the recent past. The aim is to acquaint the reader with some of the makers of gardens from 1900, exploring the Modern Movement, and identifying the trends in garden-making to the Postmodern period and beyond. This book seeks to provide a broad context for the history of recent gardens, and to stimulate further research. Gardens are governed by their physical backgrounds - climate, soil and aspect; but it is the gardener, shaped by his cultural background, who shapes the garden. Garden history is itself a synthesis of different disciplines: the concerns of botanists, climatologists, and soil scientists need to interact with the concerns of geographers, historians and economists to produce a coherent picture of the landscape. If you can't understand the cultural context you can't understand the garden. This compelling account of the modern garden sets the best-known names in their historical and international context, and asses the latest and boldest responses to the landscape that surrounds us.
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$18
92640
Willes, Margaret
The Making of the English Gardener Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560-1660
Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2011.
Hardcover, octavo; 299pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new. One might expect a history of the English gardener that focused on the 16th and 17th centuries to be an entirely male-dominated one, and, as Willes shows, that is often the case. There were hierarchies, of course, that kept women out of it: 'herb-women' whose medicinal expertise lay in the plants they grew were not welcomed or taken seriously by wealthy men such as William Cecil who wanted gardens designed in a classical manner. And those who brought back exotic plants from far-off lands were male explorers, not female ones. But after the first book on gardening appeared, written by Thomas Hill and published in 1558, women not only read advice on keeping herb and vegetable gardens (famine in 1597 had starving folk turning to root vegetables, traditionally the food of the poor), but they published it, too, like Blanche Henrey. Such women as Lady Mildmay and Bess of Hardwick owned gardening manuals, although, as Willes admits, these are really only 'tantalising glimpses' of what women might have known and read. But Lady Fettiplace grew her own flowers to be dried, powdered and distilled, and Lady Russell designed a garden performance involving her daughters, as a show for the visiting Elizabeth I - the first with speaking parts for women. These may just be glimpses, but as civil war forced sons of great families to Europe, who later brought back with them what they learned in great gardens abroad, Willes marries the particular with the global, and intriguingly links decoration and detail - aspects more associated with women - with this era of male gardeners and garden designers." - Lesley McDowell
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$30
210296
Wilson, Andrew
Influential Gardeners The Designers Who Shaped the 20th-Century Garden Style
Mitchell Beazley/Octopus Publishing Group Ltd., London, 2002.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 192pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some light scraping to the board lower edges. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Reveals the history and development of garden and landscape design in the 20th century by focussing on the key personalities who have shaped - and continue to form - today's taste in gardens. The 20th Century was an important period when garden designers began to apply the same design principles to the smaller private garden or to public spaces as had previously been applied to country houses. From early stars such as Gertrude Jekyll, Russell Page, and Thomas Church to pivotal contemporary designers such as Jacques Wirtz, Kathryn Gustafson, Beth Chatto and Peter Walker, this overview puts the complete spectrum of garden designers into perspective. The 56 garden and landscape designers whose work is featured in depth are organized by their prime focus - colour and decoration, plants, concept, form, structure, texture, or materials. The book is also full of anecdotes and quotes that provide a unique insight into each designer's work.
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$32
209947
Wilson, Kim (Foreword by Celia Simpson)
In the Garden with Jane Austen
Frances Lincoln Ltd., London, 2009.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 114pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block top edge lightly spotted. Dustwrapper. Near fine. Bringing Jane Austen's gardens - real and fictional - to life with excerpts from her novels and letters, period songs, poetry, and illustrations, this charming recollection offers tips for creating English gardens alongside Austen. This lavishly illustrated exploration with colour photographs of gardens associated with the writer offers a rich experience to admirers of both Austen and gorgeous gardens. Complete with a reference section that includes important dates in Austen's life, locations and dates of her houses, and a map of 1809 England, this delightful book is perfect for the history and garden enthusiast alike.
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$20