British Gardens in Time: The Greatest Gardens and the People Who Shaped Them

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As Seen on the BBC. British Gardens in Time takes four iconic gardens, each a product of its age, and provides a fascinating window into the creators and events that shaped them.

The stories of their creation include obsession, escape, social ambition, political intrigue, heartbreak, bankruptcy and disaster. In unravelling these remarkable stories we reach back over the centuries to see these great gardens through fresh eyes.ÿ

From the magnificent landscape garden at Stowe created by Bridgeman, Kent and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown; the Victorian masterpiece of Biddulph Grange; the romantic Arts & Crafts retreat at Nymans; and Christopher Lloyd's plantsman's paradise at Great Dixter, you will hear of adventure, innovation and visionary individuals who changed the way we create our gardens and the plants we grow.ÿ

Author Katie Campbell weaves the stories of these four exemplary gardens into a history of British gardening from the earliest cultivated spaces to the present day, exploring trends, influences and pioneers. Fascinating historic detail and atmospheric storytelling make this a compelling read.

British Gardens in Time includes a foreword by CHRIS BEARDSHAW, specially commissioned photography by NATHAN HARRISON, and extensive archive illustrations. Author KATIE CAMPBELL lectures widely, leads garden tours and writes on the social history of gardening. Her other books published by Frances Lincoln are Icons of Twentieth-Century Landscape Design and Paradise of Exiles.

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Forward by Chris Beardshaw

Landscapes and gardens have evolved over the centuries to represent a plethora of philosophies and ideals. From the first expressions of earthly godliness and 'Paradise on Earth' to monumental works of ego; each location feasts off a multitude of stimuli and catalysts. These artificially crafted and aesthetically responsive gardens are the result of the collision of wealth, peace and confidence, of an individual or a nation. They are often an expression of complex factors in the form of plants, stone, water, pattern and topography, only revealing their significance through the appropriate lens. Within each garden we can learn much from its history: about the cultural diversity and changes in fashion of ideas and concepts - so many gardens responding to a world enlivened by travel and discovery. Some gardens reveal signs of cultural and artistic trends, their acceptability, interpretation and how they have been implemented. Others display political and philosophical statements heralded in monument and statuary, proclaiming allegiance to long-forgotten causes. Gardens treat us to clear representations of social structure, hierarchical class systems and the aspirations of those with unfolding opportunity and means. Through these gardens we witness fortunes made, inherited and often lost in a relentless desire to carve a statement. All of this is enabled and supported by advances in technology, deployed and harnessed to achieve the garden of one's dreams.

Biddulph Grange The Dahlia Walk - Biddulph Grange Stowe Nymans The Herbaceous Borders - Nymans Great Dixter

What is often forgotten in any cursory review of these works is that gardens are often modelled in the image of their patron, almost inevitably becoming statements and representations of the individual. As such they serve to inform and enlighten us, perhaps more than any other medium, via four dimensions, on the finer detail and nuances of the personality of the creator. Perhaps, above all, they are fragile whispers from our ancestors to guide and inspire us on our individual advancement and pursuit of nature perfected. It is this complexity and tapestry of content that elevates the garden from mere object of art to a running commentary on ourselves. It is also the very point that has tempted and tantalized me about all these gardens I have visited and I hope in this book the gardens that draw you into a rewarding dialogue.


Contents

  • Foreword by Chris Beardshaw
  • A Short History of British Gardens
  • Stowe - Lord Cobham's Georgian Arcadia
  • Biddulph Grange - James Bateman's Victorian World Garden
  • Nymans - The Messel's Edwardian Rural Retreat
  • Great Dixter - Christopher Lloyd's Provocative Paradise

About the Author:

KATIE CAMPBELL is a journalist and fiction writer; she has published a novel, a collection of short stories and poetry as well as Icons of Twentieth-Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006) and Icons of Twentieth Century Design (Frances Lincoln, 2010). She writes about art and landscape and lectures at Birkbeck College, London, and Bristol University.Commissioned photography by NATHAN HARRISON with extensive archive from many historical sources. Nathan is an experienced wildlife photographer and camera-man. Chris Beardshaw is an award winning garden designer, television presenter and author. He trained in horticulture and landscape design and after lecturing widely, now focuses on fronting and co-hosting tv programmes such as The Flying Gardener, Hidden Gardens, Gardeners World, Great Garden Detectives, and the most recent series British Gardens in Time. He also runs his own practice, splitting his time between designing, lecturing, broadcasting, writing, campaigning and working with charities such as The Woodland Trust, The Salvation Army, The Environment Agency and The National Lottery.KATIE CAMPBELL is a journalist and fiction writer; she has published a novel, a collection of short stories and poetry as well as Icons of Twentieth-Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006) and Icons of Twentieth Century Design (Frances Lincoln, 2010). She writes about art and landscape and lectures at Birkbeck College, London, and Bristol University.Commissioned photography by NATHAN HARRISON with extensive archive from many historical sources. Nathan is an experienced wildlife photographer and camera-man.

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