The Private Gardens of England

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The English private garden has always been tantalisingly elusive. How many horticultural miracles are hiding behind the hedges and lanes of England? From the petite to the vast, the rustic to the lavish, the traditional to the modern, but always the extraordinary, here, for the first time, is an awe-inspiring opportunity to visit England's best-kept horticultural secrets.

Edited by Garden Museum Trustee and horticulturist Tania Compton, this exquisitely-produced volume is packed full of breath-taking, never-seen-before photography and sumptuous detail.

Each of the thirty-four contributors to this book, including Jasper Conran and the Duchess of Westminster, bring the story behind their gardens to life with an astonishing sense of intimacy as they detail their botanical inspirations and passions behind the splendour.

This beautiful new book is a glorious celebration of the hidden horticultural jewels of England that will delight and inspire gardeners of every level.


The Private Gardens of England is a glorious celebration of the art of gardening through some of the country's hidden horticultural jewels.

Thirty-five English private gardens, thoughtfully selected by the writer and designer Tania Compton, are vividly described in the words of their owners, who bring an astonishing sense of intimacy to their own creations as well as their collaborations with some of the leading garden designers of today.

From the Bannermans' romantic Cornish castle to the windswept shores of Howick in Northumberland via Jasper Conran in Somerset and Tom Stuart-Smith in Hertfordshire, an eclectic range of gardens is revealed. The traditional English garden is seen through the fresh eyes of plantswomen such as Mary-Anne Robb at Cothay Manor and Arabella Lennox-Boyd at Gresgarth Hall, alongside Hilborough House in Norfolk and Ferne Park in Dorset that recently only existed as fields. The historic landscape gardens of Boughton House and St Paul's Walden Bury are explored alongside the contemporary and conceptual at Plaz Metaxu in Devon. From the private walled garden at Petworth to the wildflower-strewn meadows of Spye Park, each garden is a testament to the thriving art of English gardening.

With contributions from the country's best garden photographers, The Private Gardens of England reveals gardening at its highest level. It will inform and inspire anyone with a love of gardening, beauty and excellence.

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