The making of the English gardener [electronic resource] /
Margaret Willes.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
ix, 299 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
0300163827 (alk. paper), 9780300163827 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
0300163827 (alk. paper)
9780300163827 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
This book by Willes (formerly, publisher, National Trust, UK), like the gardens it circumscribes, is a deeply cultivated endeavor, rich in examples and illustrations. The garden as human artifact is profoundly historic, with roots in culture, geography, aesthetics, medicine, trade, religion, politics, economics, and, of course, science. Focusing on Elizabethan England, the work provides a scholarly treatment neither overly turgid nor serious, seeded with adequate lightheartedness to provide good provender for any reader. England came late to the Renaissance. But Elizabethan gardeners, like their descendents, transformed earlier practice into a fertile and syncretistic endeavor, sometimes to an extreme. Elizabethan gardens reflect primarily Italian and French style with influences from the Low Countries, but ultimately they represent the graft of species from as far as the Indies and the New World onto a rootstock at once vigorous and heterogeneous. The varied origins and nature of gardens, gardeners, and botanists explain away tendencies in this book to meander or even flow backward in its efforts to encapsulate a truly seminal moment in natural history. Overall, a remarkable work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. S. Hammer Boston University
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Packed with illustrations from the herbals, design treatises and practical manuals that inspired the gardeners of the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the Restoration, this book charts how England's garden grew.
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In the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the restoration of Charles II, a horticultural revolution took place in England, making it a leading player in the European horticultural game. Ideas were exchanged across networks of gardeners, botanists, scholars, and courtiers, and the burgeoning vernacular book trade spread this new knowledge still furtherreaching even the growing number of gardeners furnishing their more modest plots across the verdant nation and its young colonies in the Americas. Margaret Willes introduces a plethora of garden enthusiasts, from the renowned to the legions of anonymous workers who created and tended the great estates. Packed with illustrations from the herbals, design treatises, and practical manuals that inspired these menand occasionally womenWilles's book enthrallingly charts how England's garden grew.
Table of Contents
Life of Illustrationsp. vi
Introduction-The Pattern in the Quiltp. 1
Fit for a Queenp. 11
The Men on the Groundp. 45
Strange Encountersp. 71
Spreading the Wordp. 93
House and Gardenp. 122
Court and Countryp. 141
Curious Gardenersp. 168
The Sun and the Moonp. 196
Secrets Revealedp. 219
The Long Winterp. 242
Epilogue-Springtimep. 267
Notesp. 276
Select Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 293
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