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.
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'[A] superb new history of gardening.' --Ian Jack, The Guardian
Willess range is staggering. . .Her book is a virtually inexhaustible source of pleasure. Just like a garden, in fact. --John Carey, The Sunday Times
Willess book is a careful scholarly consideration of the evidence about Britain s humblest plots, from medieval times onwards. . .Willes has worked tirelessly to amass evidence, and the illustrations and images included in the text are particularly evocative, and often also very poignant. [They] provide the book s rich texture and make for delightful and often surprising reading. --Emma Townshend, Independent on Sunday
Margaret Willes is an enthusiastic gardener and the former publisher at the National Trust. Her previous books include Reading Matters and The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1560-1660, both published by Yale.
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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11030018784X
Descrizione libro Apr 29, 2014. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria MD-RW42-61DH
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 030018784X