02 January 2011

Country House Garden; Gervase Jackson-Stops

The Country House Garden: A Grand TourThe Country House Garden: A Grand Tour by Gervase Jackson-Stops
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Less a read than a browse-the-pictures book, this was a quick history of British house gardens. The biggest problem is that the essays on the different features is quite rich yet needs more illustration to make the content understandable to those without great imaginative or gardening powers.

>What I mean by this is that when discussing statues or outdoor rooms, the illustrations should be next to the text not after. It would also have been helpful if types could have been groups, so that you could see a selection of Capability Brown gardens and compare them to those of Gertrude Jeckyll.

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