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The Invention Of The Western Garden

The Invention Of The Western Garden


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Description: The invention of the Western garden has ancient roots. Myth, semantics, terminology and ideas have blended to give us the idea today of what the western garden is. We need to look back to Mesopotamia, Hebrew and Greek for the origins of the idea. Hebrew gives us the word 'gan'eden' which has merged with the idea of 'salvation'. Ancient Greek gives us the word 'paradeisos', and this idea has evolved with the interpretations of wonder and magnificence. Through time, the 'garden' in the western world has developed as a concept of 'a paradise on earth', and cultures have since worked to create and reconstruct from soil, plants and weather, a paradise. European man, through time, has cultivated fields, woods and forest. We have spent hours cultivating vegetation; trying to decide whether to plant flowers, or not plant flowers, a border, or not a border. Why? Why has it become so important to take a small space, put a fence around it, and follow fashion; and give ourselves an infinite number of ways to create a paradise on earth? This book asks those questions, and explores how the garden has evolved, and gives examples, plans and pictures that show two thousand years of the garden. The predominance of the Renaissance Italian garden (the Garden of Belvedere in the Vatican by Donato Bramante spread throughout Italy, to France, Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Bohemia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal until the time of Louis XIVth when Versailles, Le Tuileries and Fontainebleau were formed as symbols of royal power. This style spread to German and Dutch towns until the English, in the 18th century, led by Lancelot Brown, and William Kent (from Bridlington) led the world in landscape gardening with the idea that a garden was the whole landscape - witness Kew Gardens, Kensington Gardens, Badminton House in Gloucestershire, Chiswick, Stowe, Ashridge Park in Hertfordshire, Beachborough in Kent, Hampton Court, and then in the 19th century Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Twickenham ( Thames), and Wobury Farm in Surrey, and Bath. Suddenly there was the concept of the public garden - a garden for everyone; and then the American garden, where gardens were created on the edge of the urban world. We have always had the idea of the territory, where diversity finds a refuge. In this way abandoned railway viaducts are new urban hanging gardens (eg Dusmenil's viaduct in Paris) or people turn dilapidated places into green spaces in our cities (eg the High Line in New York). The widening of the concept of garden to that of landscape is now internationally recognised by the culture of urban planning.
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Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Kiftsgate Court Gardens


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Description: Kiftsgate Court, perched on the northern edge of the Cotswolds Hills in Gloucestershire, is a garden composed of many different scenes. Some elements - the bluebell wood, the clipped hedging and the rose border, with its famously huge Kiftsgate rose - are traditionally English, but there are also areas of Italianate planting and terracing, and others where a mixture of perennials, roses and rare and exotic shrubs thrive side by side. Equally remarkable is the fine balance between continuity and gentle evolution that the visitor finds at Kiftsgate. This is largely because the garden has belonged to the same family since its creation 100 years ago. Three women have tended Kiftsgate, each one its driving force for a third of a century, and each building on the legacy of the previous generation. In 1919 Heather Muir and her husband, Jack, bought the house, which stands on a relatively narrow plateau from which a bank plunges 100 feet. Heather gave Kiftsgate its structure, laying out the semi-formal gardens by the house, planting the tapestry hedge and rose garden, and terracing the banks. In 1954 Heather was succeeded by her daughter, Diany Binny, who extended and developed her mother's planting, made more borders and paths, and refashioned the White Sunk Garden. Since the late 1980s Diany's daughter, Anne Chambers, has been at the helm, further modernizing the garden and its planting, creating new areas of interest, and opening more often to the public. As Robin Lane Fox, who has written the foreword, comments: ` There is nowhere else in Britain that has such a family tradition of planting and dedication ... It is intimate but many-sided, evolving but with roots in a remarkable past.' This beautiful new book - the first dedicated to Kiftsgate - is structured in two main parts. For the first, ` The History', Vanessa Berridge has had exclusive access to the Kiftsgate archive, which contains not only family photographs but also letters from their gardening friends, helping us to understand why and how Heather, Diany and Anne have gardened. Among the circle of friends and acquaintances who feature are Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor ( Kiftsgate's neighbour); Vita Sackville- West, the creator of Sissinghurst Castle Garden; and the horticulturalist Graham Stuart Thomas, gardens adviser to the National Trust. The second part of the book takes the reader on an extended tour of the garden, illustrated by the glorious photography of Sabina Ruber. The tour concludes with notes on Kiftsgate's signature plants and Anne Chambers's personal reflections on this, one of the great gardens of England.
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At West Dean

At West Dean


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Description: ' I am in awe of what Sarah Wain & Jim Buckland have achieved at West Dean and this superb book is a testament to inspired, uncompromising horticulture at its very best.' Monty Don At West Dean is the story of how Sarah Wain and Jim Buckland brought back to life a neglected garden in Sussex and is a celebration of the gardening excellence they have established there. Super-tidy sheds, meticulously cared for glasshouses, a biomass boiler and steaming compost heaps are the engine that drive the garden forward but these would be nothing without the artistic vision and thoughtful philosophy that Sarah Wain and Jim Buckland bring to this exemplary garden, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. While West Dean's expansive site is the starting point, At West Dean highlights the unique combination of persistence, skill and artistry that make for a successful garden in any set of circumstances. Richly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by award-winning garden photographer Andrea Jones. The glories of the garden through the seasons are shown to their full extent, alongside shots of gardeners at work - pruning and tying in climbers, mowing, raking, labelling, washing pots, stacking canes. The results of their labours enhance the book - carefully pruned trees, exquisite lawns, wildflower meadows, renovated flintwork, beautiful vegetables and freshly topiarized shrubs. The gardens at West Dean are defined by horticultural rigour and contemporary efficiencies set against a Victorian backdrop. They are also part of the Edward James Foundation along with West Dean College, which is widely respected for its Arts and Crafts education ( Edward James was a passionate early supporter of surrealism and was the original recipient of Salvador Dali's famous lobster telephone). At West Dean sets a sublime standard to aspire to and is a joyful reminder of the infinite rewards to be gained from a hard day's work in the garden. Praise for West Dean: ' One of Britain's most exemplary centres of practical horticulture.' Robin Lane- Fox, Financial Times ' The kitchen garden has to be one of the most perfect examples of its kind.' Noel Kingsbury, The Telegraph ' Jim and Sarah have given much of their lives to the gardens at West Dean. Over the many years that I have visited the garden I am always amazed at the high level of horticulture that is displayed in the grounds, and under glass. Over 25 years this incredible pair have gardened to a level that is admirable, and inspirational.' Christine Walkden, horticulturist, broadcaster and writer.
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