Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

A Personal Tour of 20 Private Gardens
Author: Victoria Summerley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711235274
Category: Gardening
Page: 144
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Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds is a captivating photographic portrait of the greatest British gardens and the lords, ladies and gardeners who own and manage them, with a focus on Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It features 20 gardens designed by some of the leading contemporary garden designers from across the world. Accompanying the photographs are be essays on the design and planting that explain the designers' inspiration and passion alongside historical and factual information. This is a very personal view by photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas and journalist Victoria Summerley, both residents of a corner of England with more than its fair share of beautiful and interesting gardens. Some of the gardens are strictly private, while others are regularly open to visitors, but all can now be savored and enjoyed along with those who know them best.

Secret Houses of the Cotswolds


Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781012415
Category: Travel
Page: 144
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Secret Houses of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of twenty of the UK’s most beguiling houses in this much loved area of western England, defined by its distinctive honey-coloured stone, rolling hills, picturesque villages and the most traditional English landscape. Author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson, and Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, offer privileged access to twenty houses, from castles and manor houses, by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions, revealing their history, architecture and interiors, in the company of their devoted owners. In the footsteps of artists and designers from Georgian designers such as William Kent to Victorian visionary, William Morris, founder of the arts and crafts movement, we find a series of fascinating country houses of different sizes and atmospheres, which have shaped the English identity, and in different ways express the ideals of English life. Most of the houses included here are privately owned and not usually open to the public, and all of these houses featured in this book can be enjoyed through the eyes of owners, as well as an experienced architectural historian, and an award-winning photographer.

The Secret Gardeners

Britain's Creatives Reveal Their Private Sanctuaries
Author: Victoria Summerley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711237636
Category: Gardening
Page: 272
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The Secret Gardeners is a captivating photographic portrait of the private gardening passions of 25 of the UKs foremost artists, designers, actors, producers, composers, playwrights, sculptors and fashion designers. Accompanying meaty essays explaining the owners inspiration and passion are photographs revealing the beautiful gardens that the public rarely see. The Secret Gardeners include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Irons, Cath Kidston, Terry Gilliam, Prue Leith, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting, Julian Fellowes and Rupert Everett.

Cotswold Gardens


Author: David Hicks,Suzannah Brooks-Smith
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9780297843658
Category: Gardening
Page: 160
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COTSWOLD GARDENS tours one of Britain's best loved landscapes and explores, from a fresh perspective, some of its most spectacular gardens. It is not by chance that so many admirable gardens have sprung up in so concentrated an area. The rolling hills, steep escarpments and wooded coombs of the Cotswolds are blessed with a temperate climate and a tradition of prosperity that has allowed its inhabitants to build splendid manors and fine houses out of the local honey-coloured limestone. To complement such dwellings magnificent gardens were constructed, designed by famous figures such as Capability Brown, William Kent and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. COTSWOLD GARDENS looks at these gardens - Blenheim, Buscot, Hidcote, Rousham, Sezincote, Sudeley and many others - through the eyes of David Hicks, making this a garden book like no other. Accompanied by Andrew Lawson's stunning photographs, he discovers how the beauty of the surrounding countryside is inextricably linked to the symmetry and elegance of the gardens. His unique insights will delight and inspire gardeners everywhere.

Secret Gardens of East Anglia


Author: Barbara Segall
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781012369
Category: Gardening
Page: 144
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The big skies and the extraordinary light of East Anglia make it unlike anywhere else in Britain, and offer the most amazing natural conditions in which to create gardens. The twenty-two gardens selected for Secret Gardens of East Anglia celebrate the culture, beauty and diversity of the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, and all deserve to be better known. Introduced by eminent East Anglian plantswoman and national treasure Beth Chatto, the gardens appearing on these pages are brought to life by the award-winning author and photographer team of Barbara Segall and Marcus Harpur. From each garden we can learn about the creator’s style, their talent for exploiting the genius loci, and the specific challenges and rewards they have encountered. Featured gardens include: -COLUMBINE HALL A moated garden with a series of green rooms -HELMINGHAM HALL GARDENS A gem of a garden hidden in its own moated island -KIRTLING TOWER A field of daffodils for a Tudor gatehouse -RAVENINGHAM HALL Exquisite planting in the RHS president’s private garden -THE MANOR HOUSE, FENSTANTON Garden rooms on Capability Brown’s private estate - ULTING WICK Thousands of tulips against a backdrop of black wooden barns -WINTERTON LIGHTHOUSE A lush yet restrained garden framing a lighthouse -WYKEN HALL Vines and roses around an Elizabethan manor house.

The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens


Author: Tony Russell
Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc
ISBN: 9781445614724
Category: Gardening
Page: 160
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A full-colour profile of fifty of the Cotswolds' Finest Gardens

Great Gardens of London


Author: Victoria Summerley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781012008
Category: Gardening
Page: 208
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London’s gardeners are twice blessed: not only do they live in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals, it is also one of the most verdant. Gardens of every imaginable style, shape and size abound on rooftops, within palaces, surrounding churches, behind walls - on every piece of dry land - even if it is floating on or lapped by the river Thames. In Great Gardens of London, Victoria Summerley, Hugo Rittson Thomas and Marianne Majerus collaborate to unearth the most fascinating stories of plants and people inside London’s most exciting gardens. Some of the gardens are strictly private, while others are regularly open to visitors, but all can now be savoured and enjoyed along with those who know them best. Great Gardens of London is a captivating photographic portrait of the greatest gardens of the capital which are primarily closed to the public or rarely open their gates. It will feature gardens designed by some of the leading contemporary garden designers from across the world. Accompanying the photographs will be essays on the design and planting that explain the designers’ inspiration and passion.

Secret Gardens

of the National Trust
Author: Claire Masset
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 1911358294
Category: Gardening
Page: 192
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A whimsical and beautiful book celebrating these hidden gems of the National Trust – from specially made secret gardens to overlooked corners of famous gardens and re-discovered lost gardens. Stunning photographs of the Trust’s idiosyncratic gardens are accompanied by a light text meditating on the magic of the secret garden, and bringing in fascinating historical and botanical details. The book will include secret mazes, hidden corners, walled gardens, lost gardens, gardens that are only open one day a year, follies, orchards, dens, memorials, strange statues, stumperies, huts, ice houses, wendy houses, fairy gates and pixie houses. The gardens featured include the palm-filled Overbeck’s in Devon, Peckover House in Cambridgeshire, which bursts with exotic specimens found on Victorian plant-hunting expeditions, and Monk’s House in East Sussex, where the garden proved a refuge for Virginia Woolf.

The English Country House Garden

Traditional Retreats to Contemporary Masterpieces
Author: George Plumptre
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781011885
Category: Gardening
Page: 208
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There is something special about the English country house garden: from its quiet verdant lawns to its high yew hedges, this is a style much-desired and copied around the world. The English country house is most often conceived as a private, intimate place, a getaway from working life, and here you will see gardens with meandering walks amongst greenery and contemplative pools of water. A sundial, a pergola, a croquet lawn, a herbaceous border of soft planting; here is a space to share secrets, to wander and relax, and above all to enjoy English afternoon tea. But even the most peaceful of gardens also take passion and hard work to create. This new book takes a fresh look at the English country house garden, starting with the owners and the stories behind the making of the gardens. With spectacular photos by Marcus Harpur, the text presents thirty gardens - some grand, some personal, some celebrated, some never-before-photographed - to explore why this garden style has been so very enduring and influential. From the Victorian grandeur of Tyntesfield and Cragside, to the Arts & Crafts simplicity of Rodmarton Manor and Charleston; from Scampston, in the same family since the 17th century, to new gardens by Dan Pearson, Tom Stuart-Smith and the Bannermans; and with favourites such as Hidcote and Great Dixter alongside new discoveries, this book will be a delicious treat for garden-lovers. The English Country House Garden won the ‘Best Inspirational Book’ at the Garden Media Guild Awards, 2014

Hidden Gardens of Spain


Author: Eduardo Mencos
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited
ISBN: 0711219648
Category: Gardening
Page: 160
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Photographer Eduardo Mencos was given access to never-before-seen private gardens and the hidden corners of famous gardens, like the Alhambra, for this large-format book. The first such book on Spanish gardens in decades, it presents Mencos' stunning images and descriptions of gardens from across this popular tourist destination. Some gardens are historical, others are more current creations by such owners and designers as Luis Gonzales-Camino.

Great Gardens of Britain


Author: Helena Attlee
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711231344
Category: Gardening
Page: 144
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Britain is famous all over the world for its gardens. In this book Helena Attlee focuses on twenty of the finest gardens in the country. Her choice encompasses a rich selection of sites all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ranging from famous eighteenth-century landscapes such as Stourhead to quirky modern gardens such as Charles Jencks' Garden of Cosmic Speculation in the Scottish borders. Her lively text provides a brief history of each garden combined with a vivid account of its main features. Alex Ramsay's dazzling photographs reveal the gardens at their best. Gardens include: Crathes (Inverness), Crarae (Argyll & Bute), Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Dumfries), Little Sparta (Lanarkshire), Alnwick (Northumberland), Levens (Cumbria), Scampston (Yorkshire), Mount Stewart (Co. Down), Bodnant (Clwyd), Powis Castle (Powys), Stourhead (Wiltshire), Hidcote (Gloucestershire), Great Dixter (Sussex), East Rushton (Norfolk), Beth Chatto's Garden (Essex), Kew (London), Wisley (Surrey), Sissinghurst (Kent), Eden Project (Cornwall), Tresco (Scilly Isles).

Secret Gardens

Revealed by Their Owners
Author: Rosemary Verey
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
ISBN: 9780821220740
Category: Gardening
Page: 207
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All the secret gardens in this book are real, not imaginary, although they posses the beauty and mystery of their forebears. Some have the charm of intimacy, others are jungle-like and over-grown, but all give a strong feeling of the presence of their creator.

One Hundred English Gardens

The Best of English Heritage Parks and Gardens Register
Author: Patrick Taylor
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847819355
Category: Gardening
Page: 216
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Photographs and descriptive text showcase select gardens of historical importance while noting design and architectural elements and listing addresses and visiting information.

The Cotswold House


Author: Tim Jordan,Lionel Walrond
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445637227
Category: History
Page: 192
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Imagine the Cotswolds and the first thing that will spring to mind is a traditional stone house, somewhere on a spectrum from grey to cream. Thousands of visitors fall in love with the region’s architecture every year, and anyone who is lucky enough to own one or have stayed in one will be eager to know more about the history hidden in every nook of one of these wonderful buildings. Packed with beautiful photographs, this book explores the characteristic features of the Cotswold home, from gables, mullioned windows and fine doorways, to interior timber work, fireplaces and traditional furniture. From the humble cottage and quintessential village house to the elegant manor house, The Cotswold House is the first complete guide to the region’s signature homes.

Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst

The Creation of a Garden
Author: Vita Sackville-West,Sarah Raven
Publisher: Virago
ISBN: 1405517956
Category: Gardening
Page: 416
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From 1946 to 1957, Vita Sackville-West, the poet, bestselling author of All Passion Spent and maker of Sissinghurst, wrote a weekly column in the Observer describing her life at Sissinghurst, showing her to be one of the most visionary horticulturalists of the twentieth-century. With wonderful additions by Sarah Raven, Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst draws on this extraordinary archive, revealing Vita's most loved flowers, as well as offering practical advice for gardeners. Often funny and completely accessibly written with colour and originality, it also describes details of the trials and tribulations of crafting a place of beauty and elegance. Sissinghurst has gone on to become one of the most visited and inspirational gardens in the world and this marvellous book, illustrated with drawings and original photographs throughout, shows us how it was created and how gardeners everywhere can use some of the ideas from both Sarah Raven and Vita Sackville-West.

A Feast of Flowers


Author: Jacqueline Hériteau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395628843
Category: Gardening
Page: 141
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Offers advice on growing and decorating with flowers, and shows how to make centerpieces, force bulbs, dry flowers, and create garlands potpourris, and wreaths

The Garden at Highgrove


Author: Charles (Prince of Wales),Candida Lycett Green
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780297843344
Category: Gardens
Page: 176
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When The Prince of Wales bought Highgrove House in 1981 the surroundings consisted of a brown path which ran around the house, a lawn and a few thorn bushes. Twenty years later, he has transformed the land adjoining the house into several exquisite gardens which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles. With help from some of Britain`s finest designers, including The Marchioness of Salisbury, Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, the Prince of Wales has created highly individual gardens which have now, with his own ideas, reached maturity. The Prince of Wales describes the thinking behind each garden, the mistakes and the triumphs, and his plans for the future. Lavishly illustrated with photographs which capture both the scope and detail of each garden, this is a book which will delight and inspire both gardeners and horticulturalists at every level.

Cotswold Landscapes


Author: Rob Talbot,Robin Whiteman
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9780297824695
Category: Travel
Page: 160
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Within the area of the Cotswolds, there are high hills, steep escarpments, rolling uplands, wooded coombs, swift-flowing streams, ancient sites and stately homes. But more than anything else, it is the local stone, limestone, that gives the region its distinctive character, having effect on both the landscape and architecture. In this book, the topographical team of Rob Talbot and Robin Whiteman aims to capture the varied landscapes of the Cotswolds.

The Living Jigsaw


Author: Val Bourne
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
ISBN: 9781842466261
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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We all know that ladybirds eat aphids but did you know that a sexually mature female lays 500 eggs in a summer? Or that she lays them close to aphid colonies so the ladybirds are ready to devour them as soon as they hatch?Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem - what she calls her 'living jigsaw' - really does produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects - and even slugs - your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched.The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. By using tried-and-tested techniques you will be well on the way to developing a healthy garden ecology. This book not only champions natural gardening, but explains why it works and in doing so provides a compelling reason to make your garden chemical-free.