The Story of Gardening has been published today. Tracing people's relationships with plants through three millennia, this comprehensive and visually stunning book offers 500 pages of fascinating horticultural history.
Travel from the cooling fountains of the Alhambra, to the floating gardens of the Aztecs, and back to the clean lines of the formal French parterre. Penelope Hobhouse, the doyenne of garden history, unveils how an appreciation of styles and techniques from all over the world can help us understand the development of modern gardens. Working alongside her, and bringing a further dimension to the history, is award- winning journalist and author Ambra Edwards.
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Unrivalled in its coverage, The Story of Gardening will appeal to enthusiasts of all levels of expertise. With remarkable photographs and illustrations, it is an inspiring and informative classic to be enjoyed again and again.
Penelope Hobhouse is one of the most revered exponents of horticulture and international garden history. As well as writing many highly acclaimed books, she has designed gardens in both Europe and the United States, including the garden at Walmer Castle in Kent, the Cottage Garden at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey) and the Herb Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. In 1996 she received the Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest award given by the RHS, and in 1999 she was given the Garden Media Guild (GMG) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ambra Edwards is an award-winning writer, garden historian, green campaigner and three times named the Garden Media Guild’s Journalist of the Year. Ambra’s work appears regularly in British newspapers and garden magazines. Her book Head Gardeners was voted the GMG’s Inspirational Garden Book of the Year in 2017, and her most recent title The Story of the English Garden was selected as one of the Sunday Times garden books of the year in 2018.