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Kew GardensA Year at Kew London Gardens. Year at Kew is a month-by-month journey through the world’s greatest botanical garden, following the work of Kew’s committed team of experts in the gardens and glass houses, laboratories and libraries that give Kew its reputation as a centre of scientific excellence. Each monthly chapter looks at what’s currently in flower at Kew, what’s being planted or removed, names a plant of the month and takes an in-depth look at one of the special activities going on, everything from research field trips to garden parties. Day-in-the-life diaries of some of the stars from the television series capture the magic of the garden, and the year is punctuated with a series of hugely popular seasonal festivals and exhibitions. Beautifully illustrated and with extensive behind-the-scenes access, the book captures the passion and commitment that goes into the garden and offers a unique look at the private life of Kew Garden throughout a busy and signficant year in its history.

The Gardens at Hampton Court PalaceThe Gardens at Hampton Court Palace London Gardens. Hampton Court Palace has the finest Baroque park and garden layout in Britain. Set within 2,000 acres of parkland and bounded on its south and east sides by the River Thames, the historic landscape possesses a rich overlay of garden improvements from the early sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This book explores the history of this landscape. Among the many themes it addresses are the role and impact of patrons, designers and estate workers; planting and horticultural techniques; statuary, fountains and other garden ornaments; and maintenance and conservation. The photographs that accompany the text, by acclaimed photographer Vivian Russell, constitute the most comprehensive topographical survey of the palace's gardens since the late eighteenth century.

Secret Gardens of LondonSecret Gardens of London London Gardens. London is a city of hidden gardens, a place where few ever glimpse the many colourful secrets behind the sober townhouse facades that give so little away. But the gardens are there, fascinating in their diversity and infinite in their variety, and beautifully revealed on the pages of this book. The secret gardens of London that are uncovered here go beyond convention; they range from the large, classical and formal, with simple, single colour schemes, to tiny gardens that run riot with colour of every imaginable hue. There are gardens on roofs and gardens in basements, gardens where the boundaries cannot be seen and gardens on terraces. There are gardens on top of the world, gardens with water, even gardens on water. There are gardens sheltered by tropical plants, or by billowing sails. There are English cottage gardens, and modern gardens that present sculpture outdoors. There are gardens of artists and gardens of practical enthusiasts. There are collectors' gardens, passionate plantsmen's gardens, gardens restored, revived or reclaimed. The gardens revealed here in this intriguing selection of unique places, thanks to the shared dreams of the owners and the ingenuity of London's finest designers - will delight and inspire anyone with an interest in gardens, gardening, and learning one or two secrets along the way.

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