The New English Garden

Author: 
Tim Richardson
Publisher: 
Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-0-711-23270-9

Cloth, 328 pp., $60.00.

American gardeners are likely to be amused about the title of this work by British garden writer Tim Richardson, with photographs by Andrew Lawson, Jane Sabire, and Rachel Warne. The gardening style and plantings presented in this picture book may be new to the English, but Americans have used masses of native plants in their prairie style designs for more than a century. Midwestern advocate of native plants Jens Jensen (1860–1951) designed the first garden in this style around the turn of the twentieth century. It is interesting to see that the British have discovered the beauty of indigenous vegetation. Richardson reviews examples of new and revised works of some of the most famous gardens in Britain. Although the occasional sheared boxwood hedge disturbs the scenery, the floral combinations and the broad fields of grass are stunning evidence of nature appreciation.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
15
Number: 
5