The Gardens of the British Working Class

The Gardens of the British Working Class This magnificently illustrated people s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain even if the land they toiled planted and loved was not their own Sp
  • Title: The Gardens of the British Working Class
  • Author: Margaret Willes
  • ISBN: 9780300187847
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gardens of the British Working Class
    This magnificently illustrated people s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own Spanning than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes s research unearths lush gardens nurtured outsideThis magnificently illustrated people s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own Spanning than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes s research unearths lush gardens nurtured outside rough workers cottages and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards, and reveals the ingenious, sometimes devious, methods employed by determined, obsessive, and eccentric workers to make their drab surroundings bloom She also explores the stories of the great philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces, the fashionable rich stealing the gardening ideas of the poor, alehouse syndicates and fierce rivalries between vegetable growers, flower fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their city windowsills, and the rich lore handed down from gardener to gardener through generations This is a sumptuous record of the myriad ways in which the popular cultivation of plants, vegetables, and flowers has played and continues to play an integral role in everyday British life.
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  • Margaret Willes

    Margaret Willes studied modern history and architectural history at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford She was an editor at three London publishing houses before becoming the Publisher at the National Trust, where she began the Trust s own book imprint In addition to producing the list that included many illustrated books, she also acted as the author of works such as Memories of Childhood 1997 and Scenes from Georgian Life 2001.

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  • Excellent detailed history of gardens, horticulture and society, but not always focused on wiring class Early chapters about estates, great gardens and gardeners, plant hunters, and really only latterly got into role of horticulture fir lesser mortals Probably because only latterly really gas much I act And sadly the last century and current gets fairly cursory glance and becomes a bit if a list However although disappointing I parts, it was a tour de force and a good reference book on the histo [...]


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