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Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries

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Author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Genre: Humour & Gift Books
Format: E-book
ISBN: 9780749016951
Rights: UK and Commonwealth ex Canada
Pub. Date: 24th April 2014

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Gardening has always attracted devotedly literate practitioners; people who like to dig, it would appear, also like to write. And many of them write exceedingly well. 

Focusing on gardeners’ words about the art of gardening, and ranging in time and place from Enlightenment France to modern-day New York, Writing the Garden brings together a diverse array of authors including Vita Sackville-West, Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Roy Strong. For the most part they are not professional landscape designers or how-to horticulturalists, but rather hands-on gardeners who write with their own gardens in full view.

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''People who like to dig, it would appear, also like to write. And many of them write exceedingly well. In this thoughtful, personal, and embracing consideration of garden writing, garden historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers selects and discusses the best garden writers, picking delightful examples that span two countries'Countryside La Vie

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'Intelligently and authoritatively compiled, this book will delight in its own right and lead the reader to many other volumes of garden writing'The Good Book Guide

'Guides us through the cultural history of gardening, with writings by eminent practioners... Erudite but accessible.'The Lady

'A companion for gardeners who appreciate good writing. All the writers have one thing in common, a passion for their subject'Choice Magazine

'Inspired by an exhibition of rare garden books in the New York Society Library (which she co-curated), Elizabeth Barlow Rogers parades her gardeners in many guises: as women, warriors, rhapsodists, nurserymen, foragers, travellers, humourists, spouses, correspondents, conversationalists, teachers, philosophers and patriots... Her book is a delight to have and to hold, small enough to slip into a pocket to read in the garden, its text illuminated by a well chosen mix of photographs, botanical illustrations, cartoons, engravings and garden scenes.'Times Literary Supplement

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