It’s been several months since I’ve held a book competition on The Anxious Gardener. How remiss of me. How selfish. And so to remedy that I’ll be giving away two shiny, non-thumbed books in the next couple of weeks. Here’s the first.
‘The English Country House Garden’ retails at twenty-five of your Earthling pounds and here’s what publisher, Frances Lincoln, has to say about it:
In ‘The English Country House Garden’ George Plumptre takes 25 country house gardens of England and binds them together to tell a compelling narrative, whilst giving each its own particular emphasis. He sets the scene with the ‘essentials’ of Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, examining why they have achieved their pre-eminent reputations. Next he takes five gardens to illustrate the sweep of history from Elizabethan Montacute to the 18th-century landscape at Rousham, High Victorian principles at Tyntesfield, the Arts & Crafts at Rodmarton, and Folly Farm where an Edwardian masterpiece has been revived for the 21st century. Then he illustrates the ‘country house garden ideal’ and how a select group of gardens evoke this. Each has an atmosphere, a sense of romance or long history, that is as significant and memorable as their planting and design. These lead on to ‘personal creations’ where the garden is an expression of a personality or family. These include Lullingstone Castle where Tom Hart Dyke has made his World Garden; Exbury where Lionel de Rothschild created an unrivalled rhododendron garden; and the contrast of Charleston where the Bells and the others from the Bloomsbury group gardened in bohemian tranquillity. Finally the author turns his attention to contemporary masterpieces: the work of Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith, Dan Pearson, and the partnerships of Alan Gray and Graham Robeson showing how they have rejuvenated historic landscape settings.
Interesting, huh? Would you like to own a copy? Well, here’s all you need to do:
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The closing date is midnight on Thursday 11th September 2014.
I shall draw the winner out of my
and notify the winner by email and add the result to the bottom of this post. I’m afraid you must have a UK postal address to enter or the use of one. (The book can only be posted within the UK).
There will be another book draw in a couple of weeks.