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The Victorian Garden

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Gardening became a popular pastime in Victorian Britain with the rise of suburban gardens and a new public passion for the outdoors. Introductions from abroad brought a greater variety of plants, while improvements in technology made gardening more accessible and gardening books and magazines encouraged discussion over the relative merits of ordered formality and wild profusion. The large and impressive gardens of country houses were emulated in suburban settings as gardening spread to the masses, and the creation of public parks introduced green spaces to grey cities. Caroline Ikin here explores the many aspects of Victorian gardening and introduces some of the most influential people of the age, including Joseph Paxton, John Loudon and Gertude Jekyll.

Code No. 015936, 112 pages, ISBN 9780747811527, $20.00

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