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Hampton Court Palace has the finest Baroque park and garden layout in Britain. Set within 2,000 acres of parkland and bounded on its south and east sides by the River Thames, the historic landscape possesses a rich overlay of garden improvements from the early sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This book explores the history of this landscape. Among the many themes it addresses are the role and impact of patrons, designers and estate workers; planting and horticultural techniques; statuary, fountains and other garden ornaments; and maintenance and conservation. The photographs that accompany the text, by acclaimed photographer Vivian Russell, constitute the most comprehensive topographical survey of the palace's gardens since the late eighteenth century.
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Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is Gardens Adviser to Hampton Court Palace and Vice Chairman of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust. He lectures on landscape history and is a regular contributor to publications including Country Life, the Times, The Sunday Telegraph and World of Interiors. His book The London Town Garden 1700-1840 was published by Yale University Press in 2001. Vivian Russell is a writer and photographer. Her books include Gardens of the Riviera, Monet's Garden (which won two Garden Writers' Guild Awards), Monet's Waterlilies, Monet's Landscapes and Edith Wharton's Italian Gardens. She was a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated for many years and now writes and photographs for The Daily Telegraph gardening supplement.

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... useful for serious enthusiasts of garden history, and also provides a pleasant look at these famous gardens for the more casual garden reader. Both of these audiences cannot fail to be drawn to the comprehensive mix of illustrations, ranging from those of the 16th century to colourful photographs of Vivian Russell. Rather like Hampton Court Palace itself, there is something for everybody and no-one will be disappointed Garden

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