Gardening: A Very Peculiar History

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  • When the Romans invaded Britain in 43 A.D., they brought their own fruit trees, berry bushes and flowering plants. See how the Romans’ gardening techniques took root and blossomed in monasteries during the dark ages, and cross-pollinated with new ideas from France, Italy, Spain, Holland and Asia. As centuries pass, you’ll find turf benches at Windsor Castle, arbors and labyrinths at Hampton Court, a botanic garden in Oxford, formal estate gardens replaced by artificial natural landscapes, and colorful cottage gardens. Enjoy delightful anecdotes, trivia, and insights on flower snobbery, rockeries and garden centers. An informative and entertaining book for all gardeners, playfully illustrated in black and white. Hardcover, 4" x 6"; 192 pages.