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Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities today, and most people take it for granted not only that suitable plants and equipment are easily available, but that there is plenty of information to guide and inform gardeners. It was not always so. It was only in the 1860s that the foundations for modern amateur gardening as we know it today were laid down - before then middle-class garden owners had to learn the new skills needed by trial, error and hard work. This book recreates for us the world of the Victorian gardener - not the doyenne at the head of the large estates but the amateur and small time gardener in towns and villages. These amateur gardeners had to write the books themselves and create their own gardening magazines because professionals refused to believe that gardens in towns were a practical possibility. Through persistence, dogged determination and belief that gardening could be not only interesting and profitable, but enjoyable, amateur gardeners turned the horticultural world upside down. In this fascinating, richly illustrated new book Anne Wilkinson draws on the vast wealth of contemporary gardening magazines and other sources to give us an extraordinary insight into the Victorian gardener.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750940436
ISBN-10: 0750940433
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anne Wilkinson

Anne Wilkinson has a PhD in garden history. She has lectured on the subject, written academic papers for publications including Garden History and Hackney History, and contributed to Anna Pavord's series The Green Detectives on Radio 4. She lives in London and Lincolnshire, where she maintains a garden full of historic plants.

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