Penelope Hobhouse is England’s leading garden writer, garden designer, garden historian, lecturer and gardener, and host of The Art and Practice of Gardening (produced by Perennial Productions) for Home and Garden Television in the USA.
ROSES FOR THE GARDEN features top rose authorities and rose gardens: world renowned rosarian David Austin Sr. from his Nursery & Rose Garden in Albrighton; Patrick Taylor on the glory of old roses at Mottisfont Abbey. VISIONS OF NATURE: The Naturalistic Garden Style explores today s most sought after garden style on both sides of the Atlantic, with a stunning visual tour of England’s greatest 18th century landscape garden, Stourhead, and two of America’s great naturalist gardens: Winterthur Gardens’ March Walk and Longwood Garden’s native plant woodland garden, Peirce’s Woods. STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS: Garden Architecture & Ornament features the 20th century’s grand dame of British horticulture, Rosemary Verey in her equally renowned Barnsley House garden.. Hobhouse covers all the structural essentials, large and small: from steps, walls, and paving, to pots, paint color and garden furnishings THE SUMMER GARDEN sets out Hobhouse’s secrets for summer beauty and abundance using a blend of annuals, perennials and biennials in her garden at Bettiscombe, and with Sandra Pope in her spectacular yellow border at Hadspen House. NURSERIES & PLANT COLLECTIONS: Hobhouse explores the Victorian era walled gardens at West Dean with Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain. NEW GARDEN IDEAS explores new alternative garden styles, from her first gravel garden at Bettiscombe to the eclectic mix of garden styles and plants at John Brookes’ Denmans Garden, and James Van Sweden’s innovative garden fronting the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
FLOWER GARDENS leads with Marco Polo Stufano and his no-nonsense secrets for success from the celebrated Wave Hill Flower Garden. Penelope Hobhouse shares her insights from her own flower garden in Dorset. PLANTING THE BONES OF A GARDEN covers avenues and allees, plant repetition and rhythms, as Hobhouse presents the defining ingredients of every garden. Hobhouse explores two illustrative examples: the all-green topiary garden and the flower walk in its full spring glory. COLOR IN THE GARDEN serves up color theory basics and the art of applying it in the garden. from Helen Dillon and her celebrated blue, red and yellow color borders, to the gentle hues of Winterthur’s Azalea woods. THE USEFUL GARDEN presents both time-honored and contemporary interpretations that combine the useful with the ornamental: with garden writer Anna Pavord in the restored, centuries old walled kitchen garden at Forde Abbey; and Hobhouse in her front compost and cutting garden at Bettiscombe. THE SMALLER GARDEN features renowned American landscape architect James Van Sweden in a small private town garden he created in Washington, D.C., and Hobhouse with London Times garden editor, Stephen Anderton in the exceptional series of small garden rooms at England’s Wollerton Old Hall. THE COUNTRY GARDEN illumines how country garden principles can well apply to an urban or suburban setting, featuring John Brookes from his Denmans Garden in West Sussex, and Hobhouse with Irish garden designer Jim Reynolds in his enchanting Butterstream Garden. DESIGN BASICS highlights the most important aspects to consider in good garden design. She illustrates, from Athelhampton in Dorset, how grand public gardens offer a wealth of design and horticultural examples that can be applied to the smallest garden.
- ISBN: 0-7697-8622-7
- Running Time: 273 minutes
- Sound: Dolby 2.0
- Performers: Penelope Hobhouse
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