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An economic history of the English garden

Author: Roderick Floud
Publisher: [London] : Allen Lane, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roderick Floud
ISBN: 024123557X 9780241235577
OCLC Number: 1128799050
Description: xii, 398 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The English garden in 1660 and 2020 --
2. Gardens and the state --
3. The great gardens --
4. Designers --
5. The nursery trade --
6. The working gardener --
7. Technology --
8. The people's gardens --
9. Kitchen gardens --
10. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Roderick Floud.

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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.

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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 Read more...

 
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