A History of the Garden in Fifty Tools is a historical, horticultural journey told through fifty pieces of garden gear.
Every tool has a tale to tell. The garden shed shelters some improbable stories, from the Mayan and Mediterranean clay pot makers to the tale of the tailor, trimming the uniforms of English Redcoats, who invented the lawn mower; from the manic evolution of the seventeenth-century Dutch bulb planter to the plant container that created a movable orchard at Versailles; from the back story of Henry David Thoreau's favorite hoe to Gertrude Jekyll's homemade daisy digger.
A History of the Garden in Fifty Tools is a historical, horticultural journey, told through fifty pieces of garden gear, which also provides some useful and curious insights into their care and preservation.
About the Author
Bill Laws is a writer and editor based in Herefordshire, England. He is the author of numerous books, including Common Losses: Essays and Interviews on Trees, Woods and the Green Man, which was commissioned by the environmental arts group Common Ground, and Spade, Skirret and Parsnip: The Curious History of Vegetables. Bill writes on gardens and landscapes for numerous publications, including the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, Environment Now, and the BBC's History magazine. He has also edited a series of journals and books on rural history for the last twenty years.
His most recent books include The Field Guide to Fields: Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Pastures, and Prairies (National Geographic; Collins) and Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History (Firefly; David & Charles).
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 17.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.71