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December 6, 2016

The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

As I mentioned the other day, I couldn't resist bringing this one home from the library, even though I had already borrowed an unreasonable number of books. But I'm so, so glad I did, because it was apparently written just for me. )

What I loved about it is that the author, a garden historian, decided to focus on how Georgians  -- both aristocrats and more ordinary people -- lived in and used the gardens and landscapes of their country houses.  It's beautifully written and very readable, with chapters following the different parts of the day, from morning to night.  Along the way, she touches on everything from garden buildings, to sports and games, to ordinary walks and lavish entertainments, to the food that was served outdoors. Most of all, she introduces us to a long list of very interesting people, and had me scurrying to the footnotes to see if I could read more about them. {Just adding to the library list...}.

History and biography and England and old houses.  I don't know why I hesitated, even for a second. :)

The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, by Kate Felus
L.B. Tauris, 2016
Borrowed from The Boston Athenaeum


Mac n' Janet said...

This sounds so good.

Anbolyn said...

Fantastic! Well worth a higher library stack. I loved the Georgian garden I visited in Bath a few years ago.

Vintage Reading said...

I'd like to read this. The Georgian's knew about simplicity and elegance.

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