A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer and Plant Collector

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Short, 2002 - Authors, English - 118 pages
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At the turn of the twentieth century, gardening was changing. Where formerly the plant had been the servant of the gardener, now the gardener was the servant of the plant. At the same time, gardening was turning from the pastime of dukes to the recreation of millions.

This new kind of gardening needed evangelists, but got more than it bargained for in the impossibly egotistical Reginald Farrer, whose passion for the most difficult of all plants, alpines, would nevertheless inspire generations of gardeners with a love of flowers for their own intrinsic beauty. 'Half-poet, half botanist', as Vita Sackville West described him, he became one of the very greatest in the last great age of plant-hunters, and wrote books of unforgettable method and style. Through their influence, he did for English gardening what half a century later Elizabeth David would do for cooking, and changed everything forever.

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