The English Gardener’s Garden

Phaidon Oct. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781838666347. $49.95. GARDENING
Garden designer Tania Compton (The Private Gardens of England) and garden historian/designer Toby Musgrave (The Garden: Elements and Styles), along with the publisher’s editors, take readers on a visual tour of more than 60 English gardens, showcasing breathtaking photography and profiling the caretakers who tend and cultivate their dream spaces. Inspiration abounds in this celebration of vividly described, glorious grounds, from stately castle gardens to inviting, cozy cottage havens. The layout of the book enables readers to view initial sketches of plans alongside the executed designs. The climate in England, the book notes, can vary enough to create opportunities for native and exotic plants to thrive under the care of savvy gardeners. Readers are urged to consider their own region’s natural offerings when planning their personal gardens.
VERDICT A must-have title for gardeners and for those who love viewing the natural beauty that others have primed, nurtured, and developed. A likely favorite in every gardening section.
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