An Illustrated History of Gardening - Anthony HuxleyNew York & London: Paddington Press, 1978, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, more heavily so at the spine ends. Heavily faded at the spine to the extent that the spine of the book is also somewhat faded. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; From the cover: “In these pages all gardeners will find their own heritage — a heritage that stretches back several thousand years. The development of gardening tools and implements, of garden beds, containers, lawns, hedges and fences, of the ways of sowing, planting, controlling pests, watering and feeding, of training, pruning, forcing and protecting is all colourfully described. Over one thousand illustrations take today’s gardener on a visual tour of the history of this favourite pastime. Gardeners will be astounded at how little of their craft is new. Most of the methods and today’s ways and means of making plants grow can be traced to ancient civilizations — Egypt, Rome, Greece, Sumeria, or Persia. Even the theory of talking to plants finds its origins in the past. Whether today’s gardener is more concerned with growing food or flowers, plants for their colour or their shape, this book will supply a wealth of information. No lover of plants could fail to be intrigued by a story which traces the perpetual fight against pests from around the time of the locusts of Exodus to the present day. No less fascinating are the surveys of ideas about compost and manuring, from ancient times, through the experiments in commercially produced fertilizers carried out by early American gardeners such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, to today’s argument over the relative merits of organic and chemical gardening.”
Size: 11¼" x 8¾"
Number of Pages: 352
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