The Gardens of England

The Gardens of England


Treasures of The National Garden Scheme

Edited by George Plumptre
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Preface by Joe Swift

In England, gardening and garden-visiting are national obsessions. More than 80 years ago, The National Garden Scheme was founded with the aim of raising money for charity by opening gardens of quality and interest to the public. In the first year, some 600 gardens were opened. Today, around 3,700 gardens – many of them privately owned and opened for just a few days each year – are listed in The Yellow Book, the annual guide published by the National Garden Scheme.

The Gardens of England gives you the opportunity to enjoy 50 of the country’s greatest garden gems from the comfort of your armchair. Each of the five chapters is written by a different leading gardens expert, and surveys 10 gardens opened as part of the National Garden Scheme during a particular period. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, provides an engaging introduction on garden-visiting, and 12 well-known gardeners offer a personal account of their favourite National Garden Scheme garden. Featuring established and new gardens of all styles, this is a book that no lover of the English garden should be without.

  • Showcases  50 of the best gardens of The National Garden Scheme from its beginnings in  1927 to the present day
  • Features a wide range of garden styles, and both private and public gardens.
  • A beautiful book for garden lovers everywhere, and for anyone interested in garden history.

Further Information
224 pages
200 colour illustrations
28 x 22.4 cm (11.25 x 8.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4602-3


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