The English Flower Garden

The English Flower Garden : Style, Position, and Arrangement

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An Irish-born gardener and writer, William Robinson (1838-1935) travelled widely to study gardens and gardening in Europe and America. He founded a weekly illustrated periodical, The Garden, in 1871, which he owned until 1919, and published numerous books on different aspects of horticulture. Topics included annuals, hardy perennials, alpines and subtropical plants, as well as accounts of his travels. This book, his most famous work, was first published in 1883, and fifteen editions were issued in his lifetime. It has been described as 'the most widely read and influential gardening book ever written'. Aimed at both amateurs and experienced gardeners, it sets out clearly the different types of plant suitable for each type of situation, and how to grow them. Robinson advocated a revolution in garden design, rejecting the more formal flower-beds which had long been popular in favour of a more natural and individual more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 327 b/w illus.
  • 113909551X
  • 9781139095518

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Preface; Part I: Position and style; Examples from English gardens; Hardy plants and the modes of arranging them; Of hardy flowers; Spring flowers; Autumnal flowers; Hardy bulbs; Alpine, boy, and water plants and hardy ferns; The special culture of choice and 'florists' hardy flowers; The garden of sweet-smelling flowers; The garden of beautiful form; The wild garden; Hardy climbing plants; Roseries, past and present; Economy and wasted effort; Summer bedding; Colour in the flower garden; Labelling and staking; Part II. The English Flower Garden, or, Flowers of the Open more

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