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Monday, 8 November 2010

A Nation of Gardeners by Twigs Way

Ever since man discovered that plants could be eaten, their cultivation has been a necessity. But somewhere along the line it became first an interest and then a pleasure. And as people developed a passion for gardening, so those in the business scented the opportunity to offer anything and everything to aid the amateur and professional horticulturist. How did this happen? Who were the earliest gardening gurus? What were the biggest trends of the 1930s and what happened during the Second World War when the country was urged to dig for victory? All these questions (and more) are answered and illustrated with the glorious, delightful and innocently amusing advertisements and literature that appeared as our passion for gardening has increased as the years have passed.

This is a fun, yet informative book for garden lovers everywhere. There are historical photographs, vintage advertisements, posters and publications along with a wealth of information. The book was full of fascinating facts and will be one I delve into again to gain more information on a pastime that goes back centuries and will remain popular for many years to come.

Gardeners will find looking through this book a nostaglic journey into the past and will interest both horticulturalists and historians alike.

Where did the craze for crazy paving start, why did bedding plants become popular at the turn of the nineteenth century and all those other gardening fads?? All the answers can be found in this book.

Thank you Carlton Books for sending me this book to review.

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