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  • Published: 21 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448147489
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

How to Read an English Garden



The third in the acclaimed How to Read... series, this is a beautifully illustrated guide to everything you see in a garden, what it means and how it came to be there.

Richard Taylor, author of the best-selling How to Read a Church, joins forces with garden historian Andrew Eburne to produce the ultimate guide to historic and modern gardens.

Gardens are amongst the fastest-growing visitor attractions today - in the UK alone 15 million people will visit a garden this year. How to Read an English Garden is the essential book for every garden lover. It provides an account of the different elements of gardens of all ages and explains their meaning and their history: here, you'll find the answer to such questions as: when were tulips introduced into our gardens, and what was 'tulip-mania'? What is a knot-garden, and what was the origin of its design? Who was 'Capability' Brown, and how did he get his name? Why are mazes such a common feature in English garden design? In addition, the book explains how lawns, flowerbeds, trees and ponds came to be a feature not just of grand houses but of gardens everywhere. Among the many subjects covered are: garden design, plant introductions and collectors, kitchen gardens, water gardens, and garden styles from around the world: English, American, Chinese and Moorish to name just a few.

Clearly laid out and beautifully illustrated, How to Read an English Garden brings historic and modern gardens to life: a book to accompany garden visitors everywhere, or to be enjoyed and dipped into at home.

  • Published: 21 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448147489
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the authors

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor was born in 1967. He studied English at Cambridge University and Law at London University, and now lives and works as a lawyer in Sheffield. He is the author of the bestselling book How To Read A Church and presenter of the BBC4 series Churches: How To Read Them, inspired by his book.

Andrew Eburne

Dr Andrew Eburne is editor of the Garden History Journal and a consultant for historic gardens including Blickling Hall in Norfolk and Marble Hill in London.

Praise for How to Read an English Garden

There is a genuine need for an intelligent, easy-to-use and well laid-out book that will provide expert, unpatronising information for both existing enthusiasts and especially for the growing number of people who have recently discovered an interest in gardens.

Author comment

stunning photographs of gardens in all their glory are interspersed with copious and riveting information about their history, cultural and social significance...in irresistible short chapters, the authors regale us with intriguing horticultural facts

Daily Mail

A well-illustrated, informative and entertaining guide....a superb dip-into introduction to the fascinating world of garden history

Country Life

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