Flora s Empire

  • Filename: flora-s-empire.
  • ISBN: 9780812205053
  • Release Date: 2012-01-31
  • Number of pages: 440
  • Author: Eugenia W. Herbert
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press



Like their penchant for clubs, cricket, and hunting, the planting of English gardens by the British in India reflected an understandable need on the part of expatriates to replicate home as much as possible in an alien environment. In Flora's Empire, Eugenia W. Herbert argues that more than simple nostalgia or homesickness lay at the root of this "garden imperialism," however. Drawing on a wealth of period illustrations and personal accounts, many of them little known, she traces the significance of gardens in the long history of British relations with the subcontinent. To British eyes, she demonstrates, India was an untamed land that needed the visible stamp of civilization that gardens in their many guises could convey. Colonial gardens changed over time, from the "garden houses" of eighteenth-century nabobs modeled on English country estates to the herbaceous borders, gravel walks, and well-trimmed lawns of Victorian civil servants. As the British extended their rule, they found that hill stations like Simla offered an ideal retreat from the unbearable heat of the plains and a place to coax English flowers into bloom. Furthermore, India was part of the global network of botanical exploration and collecting that gathered up the world's plants for transport to great imperial centers such as Kew. And it is through colonial gardens that one may track the evolution of imperial ideas of governance. Every Government House and Residency was carefully landscaped to reflect current ideals of an ordered society. At Independence in 1947 the British left behind a lasting legacy in their gardens, one still reflected in the design of parks and information technology campuses and in the horticultural practices of home gardeners who continue to send away to England for seeds.

British Gardens

  • Filename: british-gardens.
  • ISBN: 0415518784
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: Tom Turner
  • Publisher:



Garden design began in West Asia and spread through Europe. This book tells how, in the British Isles, it flourished to an extraordinary degree. Following the historical method in Tom Turnere(tm)s books on Asian gardens (2010) and European gardens (2011), it uses almost 1000 colour photographs, plans and style diagrams to provide a word and image history of garden design. Individual chapters cover the Celtic, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romantic, Arts and Crafts, Modern and Postmodern periods. Additional information about the gardens in the book is available on the Gardenvisit.com website, which the author edits eehttp://www.gardenvisit.com/history_theory/british_gardens_companion

British Gardens in Time

  • Filename: british-gardens-in-time.
  • ISBN: 0711235767
  • Release Date: 2014-08-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Katie Campbell
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln



British Gardens in Time covers the creation of the most exciting British gardens today and the work of iconic garden makers over the last 300 hundreds. From Lancelot 'Capability' Brown at Stowe to Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter, author Katie Campbell leaves no stone unturned as she digs through the foundation of this gardening nation. Starting with a romp through history from the Romans at Fishbourne to the start of the English Landscape Movement, this book details the main trends, influences and needs that gardeners have placed on ornamental horticulture across the British Isles.

Historic gardens

  • Filename: historic-gardens.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015029730663
  • Release Date: 1990-05-14
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall
  • Publisher: Viking Pr



Native Trees and Shrubs for British Gardens

  • Filename: native-trees-and-shrubs-for-british-gardens.
  • ISBN: 0711222150
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 237
  • Author: Jill Douglas-Hamilton Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon
  • Publisher:



This title focuses on the best plants for a wide variety of garden styles and habitats, enabling gardeners to achieve a balance between natural harmony and ornamental beauty. Profiling 65 native shrubs and trees for your garden, it gives the information you need to choose the most suitable.

The Gardens of the British Working Class

  • Filename: the-gardens-of-the-british-working-class.
  • ISBN: 9780300187847
  • Release Date: 2014-04-29
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Margaret Willes
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



This magnificently illustrated people’s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own. Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes's research unearths lush gardens nurtured outside rough workers’ cottages and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards, and reveals the ingenious, sometimes devious, methods employed by determined, obsessive, and eccentric workers to make their drab surroundings bloom. She also explores the stories of the great philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces, the fashionable rich stealing the gardening ideas of the poor, alehouse syndicates and fierce rivalries between vegetable growers, flower-fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their city windowsills, and the rich lore handed down from gardener to gardener through generations. This is a sumptuous record of the myriad ways in which the popular cultivation of plants, vegetables, and flowers has played—and continues to play—an integral role in everyday British life.

The Curious Gardeners

  • Filename: the-curious-gardeners.
  • ISBN: 0747236143
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Guy Cooper
  • Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited



Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor, drive an 1960s Alvis sports car around the gardens of Britain - the traditional, the eccentric and the contemporary - and talking in their informed, cantankerous and humorous way about the unusual and interesting elements of design they have found.

The New Ornamental Garden

  • Filename: the-new-ornamental-garden.
  • ISBN: 9780643095960
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 268
  • Author: Simon Rickard
  • Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING



Shows how heat, cold, water availability, rainfall patterns, length of growing season, evaporation rate and humidity influence plant growth in Australia, from the wet sub-tropics to the temperate climate of southern Australia.

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