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Royal gardeners : the history of Britain's Royal gardens / Alan Titchmarsh.

By: Titchmarsh, Alan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : BBC, 2003Description: 192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0563488972 :.Other title: Royal gardens.Subject(s): Royal gardens -- Great Britain | Royal gardens -- Great Britain -- History | Gardeners -- Great Britain | Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- DwellingsDDC classification: 712.60941
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Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a fascinating tour through the history of Britain's royal gardens from medieval times to the present day. Taking in existing royal gardens as well as many that now only exist in paintings, Alan uncovers the stories behind the gardens and the colourful monarchs who created them. through to the modern day developments at the Prince of Wales' home at Highgrove, Alan takes a highly personal canter through Britain's gardening heritage. Fully illustrated with original plans, designs, letters, planting records and full colour diagrams of the major surviving gardens, this book charts some of the most outstanding gardens in Britain.

Includes bibliography and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • William the Conqueror to Richard III (1066-1485): 1066 and All That (p. 8)
  • Henry VII to Elizabeth I (1485-1603): Power Gardening under the Tudors (p. 34)
  • James I to William and Mary (1603-1702): Renaissance, Repression and Restoration (p. 62)
  • George I to William IV (1714-1837): The House of Hanover--Improving on Nature (p. 94)
  • Victoria (1837-1901): Invention, Introductions and Ingenuity (p. 120)
  • Edward VII to Elizabeth II (1901 to date): Twentieth-century Growth (p. 154)
  • Gardens to Visit (p. 186)
  • Index (p. 189)

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Booklist Review

Prolific writer Titchmarsh's lavishly illustrated history of the royal gardens includes vivid profiles of monarchs and landscapers as he begins with the period from 1066 to 1485, from the reign of William the Conqueror to Richard III, then proceeds to descriptive and informative accounts of British gardening under the Tudors, the House of Stuart, the House of Hanover, Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and Edward VII to Elizabeth II (1901-2004). With each of these reigns, Titchmarsh lists the edibles, flowers, and shrubs that were grown, and offers such interesting tidbits as the fact that grass was cut with scythes until 1830, when the lawnmower was invented (three men with scythes could cut an acre of grass in a day). But there's much more here than technical matters. As Titchmarsh writes, If you are expecting nothing but regal hearts and flowers, gentle romance, and pastoral idylls, be warned--royal garden history is packed with intrigue, skulduggery and dirty doings. --George Cohen Copyright 2004 Booklist