The Cottage Garden: Margery Fish at East Lambrook Manor - Susan Chivers & Suzanne WoloszynskaLondon: John Murray, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Colour photographs; Appendix; Plans;
From the cover: “The garden that Margery Fish made at East Lambrook Manor caught the spirit of the age. It had an intensely personal style, the quintessence of cottage gardening, and it became one of the most influential and best-loved gardens in England. Through her many books and articles Mrs Fish became, after Vita Sackville-West, the most admired gardener and garden writer of her day.
Her garden involved no rigid scheme or preconceived plan, but was built up gradually to form an artful natural garden in which the habitat of each plant was more important than any theory of design. She had an eagle eye for a good plant, recognising the priceless value of carefully chosen forms of native plants, and understood the conditions that would suit them. She made the most of the site and provided a richly harmonious setting for her house.
Margery Fish’s inspiration has more vitality today than ever before. Her passion for nature, and her brilliant use of plant associations on an intimate scale, make her ideas relevant to all gardeners. Susan Chivers and Suzanne Woloszynska trace the influences on her gardening, describe the making of her garden and give a vivid account of the garden today, brilliantly restored by its new owner. They show how, despite its modest size, it possesses the especially precious quality of maintaining interest in every month of the year and they give a detailed analysis of the kinds of plants and ways of using them that typify the Margery Fish style.
The Cottage Garden is illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs by Peter Woloszynski showing East Lambrook Manor throughout the seasons. This book not only celebrates a remarkable woman and her unique creation, but it also provides practical inspiration for all gardeners.”