Around the World in 80 Gardens
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|Format:||Hardback, 288 pages|
|Other Information: ||200 Colour Photo\Illu(s)|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 25 January 2008|
'If I have learned only one thing from my travels around the world it is that no garden is an island. Context is everything.' Monty Don visits each continent in this landmark series on gardens of the world. We are introduced to the unique floating gardens of the Amazon and the colourful alpine flower meadows of Norway, modest domestic gardens in Havana and Bali, Monet's world-famous Giverny and the Dutch tour-de-force Het Loo, the formal magnificence of Renaissance Italian water gardens, the tropical planting traditions of Thailand, and the intriguing fusion of indigenous and colonial garden cultures in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Each garden is placed in context, horticultural preconceptions are abandoned and Monty is constantly surprised by the unexpected locations where gardens thrive. A vivid account of travel, adventure, beauty and the pursuit of knowledge.
About the Author
Monty Don is the main presenter of BBC-TV's Gardener's World. He is one of the UK's most respected gardeners and gardening writers. He has been gardening correspondent for the Observer since 1994 and is at the forefront of the environmental and organic gardening debate.
Accompanies a 10 part x 1 hour BBC2 television series for January 2008 - the most ambitious international gardening series ever undertaken by British television. The gardens chosen will include recognisable gardens of supreme beauty and interest as well as Monty's personal electic choice. Monty approaches each garden questioning what makes it special? Why do people garden and is the definition of a garden universal? Part Palin, part Cruickshank, part Gardener's World, this programme will be the first of its kind and will feature an extraordinary range of places and gardens.
'His style is light, smooth and accessible, yet also sensitive, detailed and generally historically reliable... this is a good read with plenty of novelty.' -- Tim Richardson GARDENS ILLUSTRATED 'intelligently written and he puts each garden in context in a way that is both accessible, yet thought provoking.' GARDENS MONTHLY 'It's an absorbing journey made far more appealing than your average garden guide thanks largely to the author's readiness to question and explore.' GARDEN NEWS 'Who better to guide us on this journey than the nation's most thoughtful horticulturalist...?' -- Stephanie Donaldson COUNTRY LIVING 'Don is a curious and engaging guide, as thrilled by the ad hoc floating vegetable plots of the Amazon as by formal Zen gardens...' THE INDEPENDENT 'a personal and fascinating insight into gardens around the world.' GARDEN ANSWERS 'This colourful account by the travelling garden connoisseur covers the most emotive and awe-inspiring gardens worldwide.' GRAND DESIGNS 'Each garden is described in intimate, vivid detail, with diary-style immediacy... the gardens come alive through Don's very personal responses to them.' ORGANIC GARDENING
|Publisher: ||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Dimensions: ||25.07 x 18.9 x 2.46 centimetres (1.14 kg)|