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A Garden Lost In Time: The Mystery of the Ancient Gardens of Aberglasney - Penny David

London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper, a further 2" closed tear to the foot of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “FOR HALF A CENTURY THE GARDENS at Aberglasney were left to decay. The Japanese knotweed — imported as a Victorian exotic — grew taller than a man, the yew and box ran wild, and ivy roots grew fat in the ancient stonework of the massive walls. The gardens all but disappeared beneath a shroud of green. Visitors forcing their way through this jungle noticed the unusual layout, and as word spread the importance of the site was acknowledged and — at last — an ambitious plan of restoration was put in hand. What those early visitors had seen were the raised, arcaded terrace walkways of an ancient garden. As the experts moved in and restoration began the questions provoked by the unfolding evidence became more startling still: was this the only survivor of a Renaissance plan in Britain, overlying a medieval garden? The mysterious and venerable yew tunnel was believed by some to be 1,000 years old, by others just 700. The nine gardens of Aberglasney were first mentioned by a fifteenth-century bard. This is the story of their fate under a succession of owners, whose varying fortunes brought fashionable changes at one moment and fateful neglect at another, culminating in a spiral of decline from which the rescue of the 1990s emerged as no less than miraculous. Through this compelling narrative history Penny David poses the myriad fascinating questions raised by the experts as they dug and delved into the structures — and meaning — of these ancient gardens.”
Illustrator: Kathy de Witt (Photos.)
Size: 10¾" x 8"
Number of Pages: 192
ISBN: 0297824848
Introduction: Penelope Hobhouse

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