Gardens Through Time - Jane Owen & Diarmuid GavinLondon: BBC Books, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Contains: Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Plans;
From the cover: “In 1804 a group or passionate gardeners met at a London coffee house and formed what we now know as the Royal Horticultural Society. In this their bicentennial year, Gardens Through Time celebrates two hundred years of gardening — the people, the ideas and the inventions behind the passion.
In their BBC 2 series, Jane Owen and Diarmuid Gavin follow in the footsteps of the gardeners, designers and botanists of the past to see how their work and ideas have influenced and shaped the designs of today. In this book Jane explores the trendsetting gardens of seven key periods in garden history; from the picturesque and rustic style of Regency gardens, through the ostentatious bedding displays and exotic plant collections of the Victorians, up to the twentieth-century ‘room outside’. Jane’s meticulously researched text reveals how society’s increasing interest in gardening made it an affordable pursuit for Everyman, and how it encouraged the arrival of new plants and materials for landscaping and accessorizing.
The book puts into context the seven gardens that have been built at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, Yorkshire. These are small-scale interpretations of period gardens which reflect the plants and ideas that were in vogue in each era. The final chapter explores Diarmuid Gavin’s design for a contemporary garden from the television series, which brings garden history and garden design right up to the present day.”