In this sumptuous survey, Penelope Hobhousedistinguished plantswoman, garden designer, and historianpresents a definitive history of gardens and gardening, exploring the evolution of the Western model and the historical factors that have created the modern idea of gardening as both popular pastime and art form. Against this backdrop, Hobhouse focuses on the plants themselvesthe raw materials of the garden maker's art. Opulently illustrated with 375 paintings, illuminated manuscripts, botanical drawings, and frescoes, as well as period and contemporary photographs, this is a classic work that will be consulted for years to come.
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Penelope Hobhouse is a renowned authority on historic gardens and garden design, and an acknowledged gardener and plantswoman. In this book she brings all her knowledge together to cover the complex subject of where plants have come from over the centuries, how we use them and how they have influenced the design of our gardens, our garden tools, and our ideas of what a garden should be. An absolutely fascinating, beautifully illustrated book.