This is a thematic book with a loosely chronological structure. An introductory chapter explains why garden restoration has become increasingly important and popular. Chapters then look at how modern technology has helped garden restoration; why certain gardens need restoring because their style is no longer fashionable or they have lost their original identity through neglect; and the need to restore gardens created by important designers or plantsmen, or gardens that have been destroyed or neglected because of war. A final chapter shows why major garden restorations contribute to gardening history. There is also a gazetteer of the gardens, indicating which ones can be visited by the public.
The first book to look at important garden restorations on a worldwide basis - other books only cover individual garden restorations Includes contemporary photographs, paintings and engravings, and original plans of the gardens Covers many unknown gardens from around the world, all of which are open to the public Ideal for all those interested in gardens and garden design, as well as those interested in garden retoration and history
George Plumptre is an author, journalist, and lecturer, acknowledged as an international authority on gardens and gardening. From 1993-1996 he was the gardening correspondent for The Times. He has lectured on a wide range of garden subjects in Britain, the USA, and South Africa, and has contributed articles to such publications as Country Life, Homes & Gardens, The Daily Telegraph, Architectural Digest (USA) and Conde Nast House & Garden (South Africa). George's gardening titles include Collins Book of British Gardens, The Latest Country Gardens, Garden Ornament, The Garden Makers, Great Gardens, Great Designers, Classic Planting and Royal Gardens of Europe (Mitchell Beazley, 2005). George lives in Tonbridge in Kent.
Foreword; WHY RESTORE GARDENS?; THE ART OF RESTORATION; ICONS OF THEIR AGE; HEALING TIME; DESIGNERS & PLANTSMEN; POST WAR RESTORATIONS; GENUINE NOT PASTICHE; Gazetteer of Gardens; Biographies and Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.