Garden Heroes and Villains
By (author) George Drower
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Garden Heroes and Villains by George Drower
Book DescriptionThis follow up to the engaging "Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs" takes a longer look at the heroes and villains of the gardening world. Learn how Heron of Alexandria surprised unwelcome visitors to his garden in the ancient times by squirting water over them from his newly invented fountain. Find out the true story of the garden gnome - introduced into aristocratic society by eccentric gardener Sir Charles Isham in 1867. Or the stories behind garden invaders - moles, squirrels and the Leyland Cypress. On the other side of the garden fence, we learn the story of those who have been a boon to gardeners everywhere, from Phillip Miller and his roller, and Harry Veitch, who secured the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea for the Chelsea Flower Show, to Elsie Wagg who had the ingenious idea of opening private gardens to visitors to raise money for charity. Controversial and intriguing, but above all, a 'good read', this fascinating collection of stories about gardening goodies and baddies is enlivened by numerous contemporary engravings. It makes an ideal present for gardeners everywhere, and a secret source of trivial wisdom for all armchair enthusiasts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750933667
(216mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author George Drower
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The story of how the British traded part of their empire to the Germans and lived to bitterly regret it
Boats, Boffins & Bowlines, Paperback (May 2011)
Many of us know the story of modern sailing pioneers but what about those unsung heroes who invented the mechanisms and technology which enabled sailors to speed across the oceans and navigate more safely. From cloud classification and screw propellers to radio telephones and the measurement of tides, this title offers a collection of stories.
Boats, Boffins and Bowlines, Paperback (April 2006)
Featuring a foreword by Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medal winner, this book reveals the stories behind the apparatus used by sailors and navigators. It tells how: Frenchman Boulanger produced the first binoculars in 1859; and William Armstrong devised the yacht winch. It also covers: screw propellers; radio telephones; fibreglass boat, and more.
Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by George Drower
This treasure trove of gardening information relates the stories of fifty inventions, innovations and discoveries that have transformed our gardening techniques.
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Author Biography - George Drower
George Drower is a writer and historian, and the author of Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs and Boats, Boffins and Bowlines. He has also written a number of articles for publications including The Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent and House & Garden.
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