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Island Gardens : Havens of Beauty Around the British Isles - Jackie Bennett

Island Gardens

Havens of Beauty Around the British Isles

Hardcover Published: 29th August 2018
ISBN: 9780711239753
Number Of Pages: 192

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From Tresco to Lindisfarne, Anglesey to Sark, visit the most beautiful and extreme island gardens of the British Isles understanding their climates, native plants, and survival skills their gardeners deploy.

The British Isles consists of more than 6,000 islands scattered around the main islands of Britain and Ireland. More than 100 of these British off-shore islands are inhabited – and where there are people, there are gardens. Lighthouse gardens, gulf-stream-soaked, tropical gardens, windswept remote gardens with giant and ancient yew trees, and gardens surrounding castles and monasteries of historical significance.

Britain has more island gardens than anywhere else in the world, particularly on the inhabited islands of the Scottish Hebrides, the Isle of Wight, Anglesey and the Scilly Isles. In this book we will encounter a huge variety of habitats and gardening conditions, from coastal machair to woodlands, mountains, dunes and meadows. Island gardens exhibit a wide range of aspects, from shady dells, to sunny banks, deep-soiled productive gardens to rocky, alpine slopes. What they all share is the special light, magical atmosphere and indefinable magic that a proximity to water can bring.

In Island Gardens, Jackie Bennett reveals the challenges their gardeners face, the designs required in such extremes, and the skills their gardeners have mastered to survive and thrive. All photographed on the ground and in the air by garden and drone photographer Richard Hanson.

About the Author

Jackie Bennett is a former editor of The Garden Design Journal, the English Garden Magazine and Gardening with the National Trust. She began her career in television, producing gardening and natural history programmes before become a full time writer. In 1990, she won an award for nature writing in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Awards and her books include The Wildlife Garden Month by Month (David & Charles 1990 reissued in 2011), The Cottage Garden and Wild About the Garden (1997 a Channel 4 tie-in book for the TV series presented by Carol Klein). She won the Garden Writer's Guild Gardening Column of the Year 2009 for a series about her own Norfolk garden. Jackie has studied garden design and landscape history. She runs writing workshops for the Society of Garden Designers and for the Cambridge and Oxford Botanic Gardens.

Introduction 6
ISLES OF SCILLY 12
Tresco Abbey Garden 18
TRESCO Echiums 22
THE SOUTH-WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND 32
Brodick Castle 36 ARRAN Ascog Hall Garden and Fernery 42
BUTE King Fern 47
Achamore Gardens 50
GIGHA The Horlick Rhododendrons ANGLESEY: YNYS MN 56
Plas Cadnant 60
Himalayan Lily 71
ORKNEY 74
The Quoy of Houton 78
MAINLAND Fiddlers Green 84
SOUTH RONALDSAY Kier?old House 86
MAINLAND Hardy Geraniums on Orkney 91
CHANNEL ISLANDS 96
La Bigoterie 102
GUERNSEY Herm Island 108
HERM Wild Leek 111
La Seigneurie Gardens 112
SARK Rosa Mundi 118
INNER HEBRIDES 122
Lip Na Cloiche 126
MULL Priory Garden 138
ORONSAY Wild Flowers 143
An Cala 144
SEIL ISLE OF WIGHT 152
Mottistone Gardens 156
Agapanthus 163
Crab Cottage 164
HOLY ISLAND 172
Lindisfarne Castle 176
Gertrude Jekylls Flowering Annuals 185
Travel and Garden Guide 186

ISBN: 9780711239753
ISBN-10: 0711239754
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 29th August 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 23.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.23

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