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First ladies of gardening : pioneers, designers and dreamers / Heidi Howcroft ; photographs by Marianne Majerus.

By: Howcroft, Heidi [author.].
Contributor(s): Majerus, Marianne [photographer.] | Majerus, Marianne.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Frances Lincoln Limited, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 176 pages : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 31 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780711236431.Other title: Pioneers, designers and dreamers.Subject(s): Gardeners -- England -- Biography | Women gardeners -- England -- Biography | Gardens -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Landscape gardening -- England | Gardens -- England -- Design | Gardening -- Great Britain -- HistoryDDC classification: 712.92
Contents:
Part 1: Pioneers of design. Jekyll's restored masterpiece: how Upton Grey Manor was brought back to life [Gertrude Jekyll, designer; Rosamund Wallinger, restorer] -- Vita's lifework at Sissinghurst: the genesis of an exceptional garden [Vita Sackville-West] -- Miss Havergal's girls: Waterperry Horticultural School and the pursuit of excellence [Beatrix Havergal] -- "We made a garden": East Lambrook Manor, Margery Fish's cottage garden -- Barnsley Flair: the legacy of Rosemary Verey -- The Beth Chatto Gardens: plant communities and new beginnings -- Mary Keen's private refuge: vistas, visions and possibilities -- Kiftsgate Court: a garden in three acts [Anne Chambers] --
Part 2: New directions. Where the wind blows: Gill Richardson's masterpiece at Manor Farm -- History redefined: Lady Xa Tollemache and the gardens of Helmingham Hall -- Flowers by the sea: how an abandoned farm became a garden [Rachel James] -- The hillside garden of Sleightholmedale: where order and disorder reign side by side [Rosanna James] -- A country garden in London: Sue Whittington's green paradise -- Ringing the changes:Helen Dillon's surprising town garden.
Summary: This book introduces the grandes dames of contemporary English garden design and includes the great names of the garden world which have emerged since the 1960s, from Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto to Beatrix Havergal. It also presents outstanding women gardeners of the present-day who have likewise had a substantial influence on the development of contemporary garden design.
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The English Garden is the universal measure of all things related to garden design. It is in the UK that the great garden designers live and work and where a major gardening movement has developed over the last few decades, influencing the rest of the world with its ideas and vision. This book introduces the "grandes dames" of contemporary English garden design and includes the great names of the garden world which have emerged since the 1950s, from Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto to Beatrix Havergal. It also presents outstanding women gardeners of the present-day who have likewise had a substantial influence on the development of contemporary garden design. Heidi Howcroft has discovered these women's gardening secrets and writes sensitively and informatively about the individual women and their influence on the English country garden. The individual gardens' charm and design are captured in photos by Marianne Majerus.

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First published in German: Munchen: Callwey, 2014.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 174-175).

Part 1: Pioneers of design. Jekyll's restored masterpiece: how Upton Grey Manor was brought back to life [Gertrude Jekyll, designer; Rosamund Wallinger, restorer] -- Vita's lifework at Sissinghurst: the genesis of an exceptional garden [Vita Sackville-West] -- Miss Havergal's girls: Waterperry Horticultural School and the pursuit of excellence [Beatrix Havergal] -- "We made a garden": East Lambrook Manor, Margery Fish's cottage garden -- Barnsley Flair: the legacy of Rosemary Verey -- The Beth Chatto Gardens: plant communities and new beginnings -- Mary Keen's private refuge: vistas, visions and possibilities -- Kiftsgate Court: a garden in three acts [Anne Chambers] --

Part 2: New directions. Where the wind blows: Gill Richardson's masterpiece at Manor Farm -- History redefined: Lady Xa Tollemache and the gardens of Helmingham Hall -- Flowers by the sea: how an abandoned farm became a garden [Rachel James] -- The hillside garden of Sleightholmedale: where order and disorder reign side by side [Rosanna James] -- A country garden in London: Sue Whittington's green paradise -- Ringing the changes:Helen Dillon's surprising town garden.

This book introduces the grandes dames of contemporary English garden design and includes the great names of the garden world which have emerged since the 1960s, from Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto to Beatrix Havergal. It also presents outstanding women gardeners of the present-day who have likewise had a substantial influence on the development of contemporary garden design.

Translated from the German.

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Library Journal Review

Howcroft (Garden Design; more than 20 other garden books) and photographer Majerus (International Garden Photographer of the year 2010; illustrator of more than 50 books) have created a garden book that delights and inspires. It is a celebration of English gardens created by passionate amateurs in the second half of the 20th century. From Vita Sackville-West's -Sissinghurst castle garden to Sue Whittington's country garden in the midst of London, readers are treated to a private tour through the spaces of 14 women who have become renowned for their creations. Not just a book of luscious photographs, this volume explores the history of each garden and its creator. While any gardener is guaranteed to be envious, enlightenment will also be found here. Many of the women knew nothing about horticulture when they began; if they can create such beauty, surely any dedicated gardener can. Each chapter concludes with advice and the key plants in the garden, and the end of the book has addresses and websites of the profiled places. -VERDICT Essential for anyone with a passion for gardens in general and English ones in particular.-Stefanie -Hollmichel, Univ. of St. Thomas Law Lib., Minneapolis © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.