The Gardens of Buckingham Palace - Peter CoatsMichael Joseph, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with fraying to the top corners. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Illustrated with colour photographs. Maps to the endpapers. From the cover: “In the very heart of London lie the thirty-nine acres of the Queen’s own garden at Buckingham Palace. Though the Gardens are visited by up to 27,000 people every year for the Royal Garden Parties, it is still almost undiscovered country and detailed examination of the area by experts has only recently been undertaken.
James I originally planted the part of the area with mulberry trees in an (unsuccessful) attempt to start a silk worm industry in the country. The Mulberry Gardens became a rather disreputable place of assignation for ‘a rascally, whoring roguing sort of people’ as Pepys described them; ‘only a wilderness, that is somewhat pretty, but rude.’ Peter Goats traces the Gardens’ history and the lives of the often eccentric, not always Royal owners of the house that was to become Buckingham Palace.
In his detailed description of the Gardens today, the author provides a summary that will be of extraordinary interest to every gardener and everyone who loves walking in a beautiful garden. The terrace, lawns, lake, trees, flowers, shrubs and garden ornaments are studied with care. In the last section on the Gardens’ wild life, the author tells of the host of wild creatures, birds, fish, spiders and insects which exist behind those high walls, by courtesy of Her Majesty.”