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Lost gardens of England : from the archives of Country Life / Kathryn Bradley-Hole.

By: Bradley-Hole, Kathryn.
Contributor(s): Country life magazine.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Aurum, 2004Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 31cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 185410991X.Subject(s): Gardens -- EnglandDDC classification: 712.60942 | 712.60942
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

For over a century, 'Country Life' magazine has been an influential force in the world of garden design. Using the magazine as a source, the 45 gardens featured in this book cover a wide period of time, revealing the magic of Victoria and Edwardian garden layouts.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 190) and index.

Includes index and bibliographical references.

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This thoughtful assemblage of black-and-white photographs, representing over a century of English gardens, was culled from the pages and archives of Country Life magazine by gardens editor Bradley-Hole. Gardens are ephemeral living things that require maintenance to persist. Those shown here, both large and small (though mostly large) reflect marvelous design, attention to nature, and exhaustive care. Most of the gardens complement or are complemented by architecture; some sensational features are themselves architectural, e.g., the turf stairway of St. Catherine's Court, Somerset. Readers will be surprised and delighted by these images, and treated to a bit of history too. Horticultural fashions and fashion makers are highlighted as one glimpses what the garden was and what it became over the last century. Owners and patterns of ownership changed during the early 20th century, and the author marks these shifts by mentioning the loss of "platoons of gardeners attempting to hold back the tide of change." As the title of this book suggests, the inevitable result was that many of the gardens shown here were overgrown, subdivided, built on, and ultimately, irretrievably lost. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. S. Hammer Boston University

Booklist Review

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called England, there lived a race of people who created some of the most opulent and mannered gardens the world has ever seen. Elegant ladies in flowing gowns cast loving looks on their reflections in tranquil, tree-lined pools. Massive topiaries shaped like Egyptian mosques dotted the landscape, and labyrinthine parterres lured visitors with their elaborate mazes. Sadly, the ravages of war and of time itself took their toll on these fabled pleasure lands, destroying their beauty and erasing them from the face of the earth. Our fairy tale has a happy ending, however, thanks to Bradley-Hole and the archives of Country Life magazine. In this lavishly produced monograph, the author captures 46 of these patrician gardens at the height of their aristocratic grandeur in magnificent duotone photographs that hauntingly reveal their elusive, ephemeral glory. Captivating text provides the background on each estate, making this an invaluable resource for gardeners, architects, and historians alike. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2004 Booklist