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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780750933667
ISBN-10: 0750933666
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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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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