Bookshelf: Garden/Plant History & Folklore:

The Story of Gardening
From the earliest documented gardens of ancient Mesopotamia to the eclectic landscapes of the 21st century, The Story of Gardening is an engaging tale of the development and design of the garden. Brimming with glorious full-color photographs, intriguing timelines that chart the histories and fashions of individual plants, and evocative narratives, Hobhouse draws on a lifetime of work to create an enlightening overview of designers and styles that have inspired her creations and forged her gardening philosophy.

Original, absorbing and a testament to her life's work, The Story of Gardening is Penelope Hobhouse's personal account of the fascinating development of one of today's most popular pursuits spanning 13 epochs.

This lavishly illustrated and inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most beautiful and magnificent gardens. In it, acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse shows how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed. She also considers how the availability of plant species from around the world has influenced garden design.

The book explains the key elements of the most influential gardening styles, from the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre.

Over 1,000 photos and illustrations

Showcases the world's most exceptional gardens in an unprecedented collection of beautiful photographs and paintings

Timelines on key plants show their changing fortunes and use over the centuries

Penelope Hobhouse has created gardens in Britain, France, Italy, Australia and the United States through her successful international practice. Demand runs high for her garden design skills. Between 1980 and 1993, she and her late husband restored and revived the Arts and Crafts garden at Tintinhull, a National Trust property in Somerset. The titles she has written include Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Colour in Your Garden, Flower Garden, Garden Style and Gardening Thorough the Ages, The winner of the 1993 Garden Writers Association of America's Award of Excellence.

"A meticulously researched, magnificently rendered celebration of gardening's enduring charm and significance" - Booklist

"It is on a grand scale, as is everything associated with this grand and very good author..." -New York Times


Author : Penelope Hobhouse
ISBN : 0789489449
Publisher : Dorling Kindersley
Sugg. Retail Price : $60.00
Available in Hardcover
Number of Pages : 488

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