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Heritage Gardens: The World's Greatest Gardens Saved by Restoration

George Plumptre

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 208

  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley

  • Date Published: Nov 2007

  • Stock Code: 63881

  • ISBN: 9781845332716

  • Binding: Hardback

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Heritage Gardens explores the most fascinating private and public restorations of the last century in the UK, Europe and the United States. This is the first historical book of its kind, bringing to light gardens that were destroyed in regions of eastern Europe, plundered by war, abandoned by fashion, or left to long-term dereliction by neglect. Combining historical anecdote and personal insight with restoration triumphs and tribulations, garden historian George Plumptre evaluates 40 of the best heritage gardens that have been brought back to life, for their design, planting and attention to detail.

The grand historic gardens present sumptuous landscapes restored at enormous cost, but just as intriguing are those gardens rich with personality; from the Villa D'Este in Tivoli, arguably the most famous garden of the Italian Renaissance, to the irregularly shaped terraces and enclosures at the Chateau de Marqueyssac, or the symmetry and delicate colour schemes that Gertrude Jekyll brought to Upton Grey. The author has delved into the archives to recover original plans, drawings, photographs and contemporary paintings to trace the decline of these gardens, and thereby illuminate their recovery.

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