The Wild Gardener
By (author) Richard Bisgrove
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William Robinson by Richard Bisgrove
Book DescriptionIn this book Richard Bisgrove, author of the bestselling Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, analyses William Robinson and his remarkable contribution to gardening. William Robinson (1838-1935) and Gertrude Jekyll were almost exact contemporaries and each made enormous contributions to the English garden - and so to the gardens of the whole English-speaking and Anglophile world - but in rather different ways. Robinson, more than any other gardener, was responsible for sweeping away the carpet bedding of the Victorians and promoting a more relaxed style using hardy plants. His voluminous writings have been hugely influential. The English Flower Garden (1883) has been described as 'the most widely read and influential gardening book ever written'. The Wild Garden(1870) runs it close. As a man he was something of a paradox - an Irish bachelor who is widely regarded as the father of the English flower garden, a theorist who scorned theorizing and an author who wrote with passion - and simultaneously - about the technicalities of mushroom cultivation and the picturesque treatment of a thousand-acre estate. Illustrations include engravings from Robinson's books and contemporary watercolours, as well as photographs of Robinsonian gardens - especially his own garden at Gravetye Manor.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780711225428
(287mm x 230mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Bisgrove
Gertrude Jekyll's Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, Paperback (June 2001)
Re-illustrated edition of a classic of garden literature by the most influential garden designer of the 20th century.
Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, Hardback (October 1992)» View all books by Richard Bisgrove
Gertrude Jekyll is one of the most influential 20th-century garden designers. This book shows the best of her garden designs and a collection of her planting plans.
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Author Biography - Richard Bisgrove
Richard Bisgrove is the director of the Landscape Management degree course at Reading University. He has designed gardens in Britain and the United States and lectures internationally on the history of garden design and on the work of Gertrude Jekyll.
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