Henry Avray Tipping (1855-1933) was a wealthy architectural historian and garden designer. As Architectural Editor of Country Life he made it essential reading for everyone interested in Britain's great country houses, their furnishings and their gardens.
Tipping restored a bishop's palace for himself and his mother, built one of the last important country houses in which to entertain the Edwardian great and good, and, after the First World War, commissioned his ideal 'cottage'. Always the garden came first; each was a perfect Edwardian idyll.
As a fine gardener herself, the author describes Tipping's own Monmouthshire gardens at Mathern Palace, Mounton House and her own High Glanau Manor, as well as gardens he designed for others, notably at Chequers and Dartington Hall. Tipping, who had no family of his own, was central to the lives and work of such distinguished garden designers as Robinson, Jekyll and Peto.
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Helena Gerrish has immersed herself in a fruitful search for the story of her enigmatic predecessor at High Glanau and now gives talks, writes articles and throws open her beautifully restored garden to hundreds of visitors during the summer.Review:
A remarkable biography of this understated genius... Packed with fascinating plans, paintings abd photos taking th read into a bygone world. Toparius This elegantly written and sumptuously illustrated study of Henry Avray is a triumph. Apollo Such a life looks a bit self-indulgent to say the least. But packaged up in this fine book, it leaves an invaluable legacy. Gloucestershire Gardens & Landscape Trust Has added much to our knowledge of the development of spacious gardens in the twentieth century. Devon Gardens Trust A lavishly illustrated book, which, as it revelas connections with so many influential figures in the early 20th century, provides an enjoyable glimpse of many familiar people and places. Cambria
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