Commissioned by the National Trust, this bestselling book is the principal guide to the National Trust's gardens. It
paints a comprehensive historical and horticultural picture of over 150 of Britain's most important and influential
gardens, from Hidcote and Sissinghurst to Stowe and Stourhead.
All the major periods are represented, from Renaissance
pleasure grounds, Elizabethan courts and grand 17th century formality to flowing landscape parks, swashbuckling
Victorian bedding schemes and the 20th century's rich legacy of exotic woodlands and plant-packed borders. Taken
together, the Trust's gardens contain the world's most important collections of cultivated plants.
"One of our best known columnists and broadcasters on gardens, Lacey's great
(and surprisingly rare) skill is his ability to walk us around a garden so
that we see it through his words.how it relates to the wider landscape...
the history we need to acquire." Times Literary Supplement.