Seven Deadly Sins of Gardening: With the Vices and Virtues of its Gardeners

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For a lighthearted look at the history of gardens through the characters who owned and created them, this book offers stories of greed, gluttony, pride, lust, wrath, sloth and envy, alongside the glaring opposite - tales of great kindness, love and generosity. From the garden owner who blew more money on ferns in one shopping trip than she paid her Head Gardener in a year, to Winston Churchill, wading knee-deep in the mud of his beloved garden at Chartwell, and from the intrepid plant hunters of the 19th century to the landowner who replaced an entire village with a more attractive bluebell wood, these stories of gardens, their owners and their gardeners are filled with history and intrigue.

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This is a very accessible history of the vices and virtues of British gardeners through the ages, particularly those who shaped the National Trust gardens. From the obsessive to the visionary, the eclectic to the eccentric, each chapter explores how a range of different individuals played out their excess in a variety of gardens, thus revealing the gardens' concealed secrets - just how and why they were created; the fortunes lavished and lost; clandestine and unorthodox uses; and hidden meanings for those who want to know how to 'read' a garden. Sir Francis Dashwood's lusty garden at West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, for example, has been described as "laid out by a curious arrangement of streams, bushes and plantation to represent the female form". This is very much a reading book for those passionate about gardens and in particular historical gardens. The chapters cover: Pride and Humility; Avarice and Generosity; Envy and Love; Wrath and Kindness; Lust and Self Control; Gluttony and Temperance; and finally, Sloth and Zeal.

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Toby Musgrave is a leading garden history writer and garden consultant. He has co-presented two series of Lost Gardens (Channel 4) and ITV's The Great Garden Guide. On radio, he was the originator of, and major contributor to, Radio 4's six-part The British Garden. A regular contributor to many magazines and newspapers, he is also the author of 'The Plant Hunters', 'An Empire of Plants', 'Courtyard Gardens' and 'Cottage Gardens'.

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