As part of Independent Bookshop Week, Golden Hare Books are delighted to welcome Vanessa Berridge for an entertaining evening of garden history. Come along, enjoy a glass of wine, and learn about key figures in our gardening past and present!
The British have always been a nation of gardeners. Our gardening history began even before the Romans, who brought Mediterranean plants which still flourish across Britain. Gardening grew in the sixteenth century and a distinctively British style became a major export in the eighteenth century. Today, the annual Chelsea Flower Show is an international festival, and our garden designers are in demand all over the world.
This book traces the history of British gardeni...ng over 450 years through the stories of twenty-six key figures, showing what drove them, and their role in the evolution of Britain’s gardens. Their work reveals changes in taste and society down the centuries. Familiar names are featured, such as ‘Capability’ Brown, Humphry Repton, Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West and Christopher Lloyd, together with less generally known figures such as John Gerard, whose Herball of 1597 inspired generations of plantsmen, the Tradescants, pioneer plant hunters, and J. C. Loudon, nineteenth-century champion of smaller gardens. In the present day, we meet Beth Chatto, advocate of the right plant in the right place, and John Brookes, who did for gardening what Elizabeth David did for cooking. Their achievements provide a colourful history and inspiration to every gardening enthusiast.
Vanessa Berridge is the author of The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew (Amberley, 2015) and The Joy of Gardening (Summersdale, 2014). The launch editor of The English Garden Magazine, she now writes widely on gardens for magazines and newspapers. She has in-depth knowledge of British garden history, and has contributed to several books on the subject including The Gardens of England (Merrell, 2012). She lives and gardens in Gloucestershire.