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The Victorian Garden

Author/EditorIkin G (Author)
ISBN: 9780747811527
Pub Date10/07/2012
BindingPaperback
Pages112
Dimensions (mm)210(h) * 149(w)
Gardening became a popular pastime in Victorian Britain with the rise of suburban gardens and a new public passion for the outdoors. This title explores the many aspects of Victorian gardening and introduces some of the most influential people of the age, including Joseph Paxton, John Loudon and Gertude Jekyll.
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Gardening became a popular pastime in Victorian Britain with the rise of suburban gardens, and improvements in technology made gardening more accessible to amateurs. New introductions from abroad brought a greater variety of plants, leading to fashions for massed bedding, exotic glasshouse displays, rock gardens and rhododendrons. The large and prestigious gardens of country houses were emulated in suburban settings as gardening spread to the masses, and the creation of public parks introduced green spaces to grey cities. Caroline Ikin here explores the many aspects of Victorian gardens and gardening and introduces some of the most influential people of the age, including Joseph Paxton, John Loudon and Gertrude Jekyll.

Gardening became a popular pastime in Victorian Britain with the rise of suburban gardens, and improvements in technology made gardening more accessible to amateurs. New introductions from abroad brought a greater variety of plants, leading to fashions for massed bedding, exotic glasshouse displays, rock gardens and rhododendrons. The large and prestigious gardens of country houses were emulated in suburban settings as gardening spread to the masses, and the creation of public parks introduced green spaces to grey cities. Caroline Ikin here explores the many aspects of Victorian gardens and gardening and introduces some of the most influential people of the age, including Joseph Paxton, John Loudon and Gertrude Jekyll.

Caroline Ikin is a writer and historian specialising in the Victorian era. She has studied History of Art and Garden History, and has worked for the National Trust.

Part One: A Changing Society / Horticultural Advancements / Spreading the Word / The Gardening Profession / Part Two: Garden Style / Gardenesque / Italianate / Historic Revival / Arts and Crafts / Wild Gardening / Places to Visit / Further Reading / Index

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