** These copies have some wear/creasing to the covers hence reduced price **
This book follows on from the work carried out by David Whitehead and others for Historic Parks and Gardens in Herefordshire, which brought to light how many walled gardens still exist and their varying state of preservation. A gazetteer lists all these gardens and summarises their condition, whilst seven are selected for detailed study: George Skippe’s at Upper Hall, Ledbury; those at Old Sufton and Sufton Court at Mordiford; that at Downton Castle; one currently being restored at Nieuport House, Almeley; Donald Beaton’s garden at Haffield; and one which has been much restored in recent years at Lugwardine Court.
These studies outline the initial plans for the gardens and sometimes list the species planted and explain how the gardens were managed. They sometimes tell the story of the head gardener and occasionally of other workers, as well as recording recent works of conservation, repair and restoration. Stories emerge of the ad hoc and unregulated naming of fruit trees, of attempts to make wine in 1690, and of how seeking refuge in the Civil War gave rise to a model for a British Elysium. The creators of these walled gardens went in for all kinds of experiments: fruit breeding, trials of different shapes of glasshouses, even growing pineapples, to which great status was attached although the resultant fruit was ‘universally destitute of fibre’.
Well illustrated, this book is a joy to dip into and makes one appreciate the wealth of walled gardens that were once created in Herefordshire, and how many of them still exist.
Paperback | 112 pages | 234 x 156 mm | 2009
Colour and b&w illustrations
Published by the Hereford and Worcester Gardens Trust in association with Logaston Press