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Historical Garden Books: The planning & planting of little gardens by George Dillstone, Sir Lawrence Weaver (1920) – 5 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The planning & planting of little gardens by George Dillstone, Sir Lawrence Weaver (1920) 5 in a Series

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PREFACE

THE object of this book is to assist the owners of small garden plots to determine the best ways of laying them out, so that the greatest possible use may be made of the area, and the most picturesque effects obtained therein. Much general information has also been introduced, indicating the uses to which the garden may be put when it is made, and also what can be grown therein. It was considered unnecessary to crowd the pages with a great many detailed cultural directions or descriptions of plants, and an effort has been made rather to indicate the objective to be aimed at, and the course to pursue to attain it, than to produce a compendium of gardening lore generally. Having decided of what the garden is to consist, readers will do well to look for books treating more intimately with the particular garden feature or features they have decided to adopt.

To those who desire information on rose-growing I would commend “Rose Growing Made Easy” by E. T. Cook ; for information on rock gardening, “The Rock Garden,” by E. H. Jenkins. “Fruit Growing for Beginners,” by F. W. Harvey, will be found useful to those desiring to garden for practical ends ; and whether the garden is large or small, whether the reader is an experienced gardener or a beginner, they will each and all both enjoy and profit by the writings of Miss Gertrude Jekyll, who writes with a practical knowledge gained by experience, and a poetic sympathy with her subjects that makes delightful reading. Moreover, such books as her “Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden” will create for the reader new ideals, new visions of delight, and therefore new pleasures.

G. D.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

SINCE the following pages were completed, in 1914, the world has undergone great changes. Whilst the Little Garden Planning Competition was still in pro- gress the flame of war, devastating and world-wide, burst forth. By the time these pages are in print, five years will have elapsed since the idea was conceived. The lessons learnt are, however, just as valuable to-day as they were then. Perhaps in one sense they are more so. With the return of Peace there is an ardent desire to return to peaceful pursuits. Moreover, it is assured that whatever else the cessation of hostilities may fail to achieve one thing will certainly make pro- gress, and that is the schemes for better housing of the industrial population of this country. It was in large measure for this population the competition was inaugurated.

On April 11th, 1919, His Majesty King George, in a speech delivered before representatives of the Associations of County Councils, Municipal Corporations, etc., said :

“Can we not aim at securing to the working classes in their houses the comfort, leisure, brightness, and peace which we usually associate with the word ‘HOME’? The sites of the houses must be carefully chosen and laid out, the houses themselves properly planned and equipped.”

If there is one thing more than another necessary to make an Englishman’s house his home, it is a garden. It is, therefore, to be hoped that this book may prove of service in the development of the surroundings of many a new as well as many an old home.

January, 1920.

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Publication date 1920
Topics Gardening, Gardens
Publisher London, “Country life,” ltd., G. Newnes, ltd.; New York, C. Scribner’s sons
Collection cdl; americana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor University of California Libraries
Language English

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Peppers! at Sherman Oaks Farmers Market — Follow Me On Instagram!

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Historical Garden Books: The well-considered garden by Louisa Yeomans King, (1922) – 4 in a series

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Historical Garden Books: The well-considered garden by Louisa Yeomans King, “Mrs. Francis King,” 1863-1948 – 4 in a series

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PREFACE

The wide-spread interest in gardening that is steadily growing throughout the land will have prepared a large public for the reception of such stimulating encouragement as will be found in the following pages. One thinks of a great and fertile field ready ploughed and sown, and only waiting for genial warmth and moisture to make it burst forth into life and eventual abundance. The book will come as these vivifying influences. The author’s practical knowledge, keen insight, and splendid enthusiasm, her years of labor on her own land and her constant example and encouragement of others — combine to make her one of those most fitted to direct energy, to suggest and instruct — to communicate her own thought and practise to willing learners.

Many are those who love their gardens, many who know their plants, many who understand their best ways of culture. All these qualities or accomplishments are necessary, but besides and above them all is the will or determination to do the best possible — “to garden finely” — as Bacon puts it.

Such a desire is often felt, but from lack of experience it cannot be brought into effect. What is needed for the doing of the best gardening is something of an artist’s training, or at any rate the possession of such a degree of aptitude — the God-given artist’s gift — as with due training may make an artist; for gardening, in its best expression, may well rank as one of the fine arts. But without the many years of labor needed for any hope of success in architecture, sculpture, or painting, there are certain simple rules, whose observance, carried out in horticulture, will make all the difference between a garden that is utterly commonplace and one that is full of beauty and absorbing interest.

Of these one of the chief is a careful consideration of color arrangement. Early in her gardening career this fact impressed itself upon the author’s mind. A study of the book reveals the method and gives a large quantity of applied example. A few such lessons put in practise will assuredly lead on to independent effort; for the learner, diligently reading and carefully following the good guidance, will soon find the way open to a whole new field of beauty and delight.

Gertrude Jekyll.

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Publication date 1922
Topics Gardens
Publisher New York, Scribner
Collection americana
Digitizing sponsor NCSU Libraries
Contributor NCSU Libraries
Language English

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