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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241235577
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $55.00

An Economic History of the English Garden




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

An Economic History of the English Garden draws on never-seen primary sources to explore how much gardens cost to make and to maintain; how many gardeners tend to particular gardens; the prices of plants sold by nurseries, or imported from far-flung corners of the world; where the plants come from, what tools and techniques were used to create them and how they were invented. The author compares one garden with another in terms of the burden that it has put on the family that has owned it over the centuries. He unearths where their money came from and why they spent it on a garden. The result is a far deeper understanding of one of England's dearest - and indeed costliest - industries.

  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241235577
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $55.00

Praise for An Economic History of the English Garden

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... There is a mind-boggling amount of detail in this book ... Floud is a clear writer and excels at providing context and keeping the whole enterprise grounded.

Ann Treneman, The Times

This is a very different kind of gardening book. It's not about design or horticultural techniques, but is a history, - the first of its kind, the author claims - of the economics of gardening, financial excess and all, from Charles II to today ... extraordinarily interesting. Floud impresses on us the sheer scale of what we're dealing with here... his book is full of fascinating detail - about everything from working-class gardens, kitchen gardens and nurseries, to the astonishing cost of some rare plants and their shrinking value over time.

Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times

This is one of the most important books on garden history in the last half century and, for anyone serious about the subject, it is a Must Buy.

Richard Mawrey, Historic Gardens Newsletter

a new kind of garden history ... Filled with fascinating and often surprising details

P D Smith, Guardian

this is an immensely engaging book. The figures Floud presents, while abundant and obviously carefully uncovered, are so remarkable ... Floud's economic approach may seem an oblique means of interpreting [a landscape] but, trust me, it is surprisingly rewarding

Robert Leigh-Pemberton, Daily Telegraph

We have social histories of the English garden, art histories of the big ones and plant histories of what went where. We seldom have a financial history. Floud has set out to write one, applying his head for statistics to this under-cultivated field... an invaluable checklist ... Floud's bigger point is that gardening is and has been a big element of the total economy. ... Amazing. Floud casts his net wide.

Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times

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