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  • Published: 2 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141981703
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $24.99

An Economic History of the English Garden




The first and only in-depth economic history of England's gardens, from 1660 to today

At least since the seventeenth century, most of the English population have been unable to stop making, improving and dreaming of gardens. Yet in all the thousands of books about them, this is the first to address seriously the question of how much gardens and gardening have cost, and to work out the place of gardens in the economic, as well as the horticultural, life of the nation. It is a new kind of gardening history.

An Economic History of the English Garden shows the extraordinary commitment of money as well as time that the English have made to gardens and gardening over three and a half centuries. It reveals the connections of our gardens to the re-establishment of the English monarchy, the national debt, transport during the Industrial Revolution, the new industries of steam, glass and iron, and the built environment that is now all around us. It is a fresh perspective on the history of England and will open the eyes of gardeners - and garden visitors - to an unexpected dimension of what they do.

  • Published: 2 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141981703
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $24.99

Praise for An Economic History of the English Garden

A new kind of garden history, filled with fascinating and often surprising details

P. D. Smith, Guardian

Immensely engaging . . . there is much joy to be found

Robert Leigh-Pemberton, Daily Telegraph

A fascinating history of gardening reveals our expensive passion for all things green . . . This is the first economic history of the English garden and frankly it's almost shocking that no one has looked into it until now

Ann Treneman, The Times

Amazing. Floud casts his net wide. He covers the proliferation of plant nurseries, the role of kitchen gardens, women, designers and much else

Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times

Terrifically interesting, a real eye-opener, nearly all previous garden historians having carelessly skated over money matters . . . Even gardeners who don't count the cost will be fascinated

David Sexton, Evening Standard, Books of the Year

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