Country House Garden by David Hatchett hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
David & Charles, 1983, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: Gardening on a grand scale is a slowly disappearing feature of our countryside, but at Cornwell Manor, deep in the rolling hills of the North Cotswolds, many of the traditions and values of the past have been uniquely preserved.
The stone built house, dating back to 1640, is set in an 800 hectare estate and surrounded by three hectares of magnificent private gardens that testify to the creative skills of the landscape designer. The days when twelve gardeners were employed at the Manor have long since passed; but, with a small dedicated team, David Hatchett as head gardener has been able to retain the high standards of a more extravagant age by combining the best of the old ways with modern economic methods of cultivation. In a month-by-month record he gives an account of the land under his care, passing on much information learned from years of practical experience.
The shallow limestone soil of the Cotswolds is a challenge to the most ambitious gardener, and David Hatchetts work and the plants he tends are enormously varied. In his charge are a thriving vegetable garden, labour intensive but full of character; greenhouses which keep the house supplied with vegetables and flowers all year round; rock, woodland and water gardens where a close harmony with the surrounding countryside has been carefully maintained; formal flower borders and terraced lawns; and numerous small secluded corners, tucked behind stone walls and yew hedges, each with its own particular charm.
This detailed journal of a typical year in a Cotswold garden provides not only a fascinating insight into the world of a professional horticulturist but should prove a source of inspiration to all keen amateurs, no matter how modest their plot.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
192 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Gardening category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…