The Rothschild Gardens: A Family's Tribute to Nature

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Abbeville Press, 2004 - Nature - 179 pages
The Rothschild family, renowned as bankers, have had a huge impact on Western social and political history over nearly two centuries. Less well-known is their influence on the landscape, for many members of the family have been passionate and knowledgeable gardeners, skillfully creating magnificent parklands and gardens throughout England, Europe, and elsewhere. Enthusiastic and flamboyant, the Rothschilds have always been fond of showy bedding displays and elaborate topiary, but they have also enjoyed producing fruit and vegetables. Baron Edmond delighted guests at his households in Paris and Boulogne by inviting them to pick fresh fruit - ripe red or black cherries, or greengage plums - straight from dwarf trees brought into the dining room! More than just a book about beautiful gardens and estates, this is a combination of glorious photographs, extraordinary anecdotes, vast fortunes, and magnificent gardens. Archival pictures of many of the gardens and the characters involved accompany Miriam Rothschild's intimate, amusing look at the competitiveness and drive for perfection that has typified her family's behavior in gardening, as well as in business.

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Rothschild is one of the finest naturalists in the world. Educated at home, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded a DSc by Oxford University.

De Rothschild is an avid horticulturalist and gardening writer, as well as the overseer of Exbury, the estate created by his grandfather and his lifelong home.

Garton is a well-regarded gardening author and one of England's foremost garden photographers.

Tony Lord is an author, photographer and horticultural consultant. His books include "Designing with Roses" and "Best Borders," winner of the 1994 Garden Writers' Guild "Best General Gardening Book" Award. He edits the Royal Horticultural Society's "Plant Finder," and lectures widely. Tony Lord is also a Gardens Advisor to Britain's National Trust.

Andrew Lawson is a leading garden photographer contributing to magazines such as "Gardens Illustrated" and "House and Garden," He has been honored twice by the Garden Writers' Guild, winning an award in 1996 for his book "The Gardener's Book of Colour," and was named Garden Photographer of The Year in 1999.

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