Caroline Foley is the author of twelve books, among them three bestsellers: Practical Allotment Gardening (New Holland, 2002), The Allotment Handbook (New Holland, 2004), and Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments (Frances Lincoln, 2014). She has been the editor of Topiarius, the pan-European journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, for the past twelve years.
"Topiary has a long history, exhaustively explored in this book...The illustrations are superb. Every page brings a new wonder." -- Anna Pavord * House & Garden * "A magnificent hardback comprising authoritative text matched with excellent, well-researched illustrations." * The English Garden * "Since its inception a couple of years ago, Pimpernel Press has carved a niche as the garden library-building publisher. Classics-not forgotten but in need of a re-boot-have been reissued, along with more recherche flights of fancy. An essential addition is Topiary, Knots and Parterres, published today. Yes, it's about clipping greenery, but it's also a universal subject, covering the full gamut, as the author Caroline Foley points out, 'from the ridiculous to the sublime.'" * Gardenista.com * "Demonstrates that this most ancient of traditions is alive and kicking, refreshed and reinterpreted by contemporary garden and landscape designers to look as relevant today as it was to the Romans. You will be reaching for those shears." * Sunday Times * "This carefully researched an entertaining book will be valuable not only to gardeners and those with an interest in garden development and history, it will also provide an excellent research book for students of horticulture and landscape. It is packed with information, diagrams and photographs and written in a lively style. * Reckless Gardener * "A refreshing look at the general history of gardens with special reference to topiary and formal parterres. Foley's enjoyable style means that she gets her historic points over easily. A book to enjoy and learn from - and then to return to." * Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter * "Inspiring" * Professional Gardener * "A work of scholarship to be cherished" * The Irish Garden * "Beautifully written, lavishly - nay, opulently - illustrated, I'll be cross if this book doesn't win its author a prize or itself attract a distinctive award." * Hortus * "Packed with historical detail and offers plenty of visual inspiration." -- Anne Swithinbank * World of Interiors * "Highly recommended for anyone interested in the fascinating history of topiary or gardening." * Library Journal * "A wonderful resource and engaging work." * Plant Talk, New York Botanical Garden *