The Generous Garden: A Second Anthology of Garden Writing from Hortus - Edited by David WheelerStroud: Alan Sutton, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Tiny nick to the top edge of the lower panel, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Sketches; Black & white photographs; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “The Generous Garden is a further rich selection of writing from the celebrated and stylish garden journal, HORTUS. It follows By Pen & By Spade, to which this present volume is a glorious companion.
Within these fertile pages lie the stories of some remarkable gardens, their makers, their aspirations and their plants. We read about the glories of Powis Castle; witness the restoration of a rococo garden among the Cotswold hills, and enjoy unstinted romance around the quiet walls of a medieval hunting lodge in Hampshire; we dream of orchids, and tread a flowery way through the novels of Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bowen and the haunted ghost stories of M. R. James. We eavesdrop on a conversation with Graham Stuart Thomas, England’s greatest rosarian, and we encounter the fragrance of rugosa roses. John Francis leads us merrily up the garden path with Beverley Nichols to discover some dark goings-on, and Stephen Lacey relights our brightest beacon as he relishes sheer abundance in English cottage gardens. We revisit Milton’s Paradise Lost through the eyes and sharp pen of a modern-day horticultural journalist and we watch the presentation to Charles II of England’s first homegrown pineapple. There are brushes with day-lilies, terracotta pots, and tulips in orchard grass. We meet alpine-plant specialist Valeric Finnis, and Beth Chatto recalls the late Mrs Desmond Underwood whose passion for silver-leaved plants led to a meeting with the Queen. Far from the shores of Britain we enter a garden in the ruins of an Italian town, observe an artist at work in the cool shade of trees at the sun-baked Alhambra, and scramble among gardens of Indian hill stations.
These are generous pickings with generous thoughts: the generous garden indeed.”