Have you ever wondered where your garden flowers originally came from and why? Starting with the few native English flowers that survived the ice-ages, these biographies of our most popular garden flowers trace the evolution of English gardens from Celtic times to the end of the Victorian era. This book will surprise and inform both keen gardeners and the armchair variety. More
A book for both armchair gardeners and the more active variety. It describes the way English gardens evolved over the centuries, reflecting the social changes experienced from the earliest times to the turn of the nineteenth century. It also gives a brief history of nearly 50 of the most popular garden flowers, telling the stories behind their arrival in England and the ways we used them before they became purely ornamental. It has something to offer readers interested in: garden history, social history, botany, horticulture, wildlife-friendly gardening.