The Making of the English Gardener

The Making of the English Gardener

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In the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the restoration of Charles II, a horticultural revolution took place in England, making it a leading player in the European horticultural game. Ideas were exchanged across networks of gardeners, botanists, scholars, and courtiers, and the burgeoning vernacular book trade spread this new knowledge still further--reaching even the growing number of gardeners furnishing their more modest plots across the verdant nation and its young colonies in the Americas. Margaret Willes introduces a plethora of garden enthusiasts, from the renowned to the legions of anonymous workers who created and tended the great estates. Packed with illustrations from the herbals, design treatises, and practical manuals that inspired these men--and occasionally women--Willes's book enthrallingly charts how England's garden grew.Thus wrote Alb erti in his architectural treatise De Re Aedificatoria, first published in 1485, and the idea ofthe house ... The Elizabethans took this concept up not only in terms of design but also in a social context: flowers and plants were used to decorate the house, rooms were created ... The garden was indeed a festive space, an outside dining room, a place for music and games, and for entertainmentsanbsp;...


Title:The Making of the English Gardener
Author: Margaret Willes
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2011
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