Treasures of the National Garden Scheme
Edited by George Plumptre
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Preface by Joe Swift
In England, gardening and garden-visiting are national obsessions. The National Garden Scheme was founded over 90 years ago with the aim of raising money for charity by opening gardens of quality and interest to the public. In the first year, some 600 gardens were opened. Today, around 3,700 gardens, many of them privately owned and open for just a few days each year, are listed in the iconic yellow book – the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, published by the National Garden Scheme.
The Gardens of England gives you the opportunity to enjoy 50 of the country’s greatest gardens from the comfort of your armchair. Each of the five chapters is written by a different leading gardens expert, and surveys 10 gardens opened as part of the National Garden Scheme during a particular period. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, provides an engaging introduction on garden-visiting, and 12 well-known gardeners offer a personal account of their favourite National Garden Scheme garden. Featuring established and new gardens of all styles, this is a book that no lover of the English garden should be without.
- Showcases 50 of the best gardens of the National Garden Scheme from its beginnings in 1927 to the present day
- Features a wide range of garden styles, and both private and public gardens
- A beautiful book for garden lovers everywhere, and for anyone interested in garden history
200 colour illustrations
28 x 22.4 cm (11.25 x 8.75 in)