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Topiary, Knots and Parterres

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Description for Topiary, Knots and Parterres Hardcover. Num Pages: 288 pages, Colour and black and white photographs throughout, 50,000 words. BIC Classification: WMB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 270 x 210. .

Topiary, knots and parterres come in many guises, from the grand and imposing to the humble and folksy. In this book Caroline Foley − with the aid of diarists, writers, wits, designers, gardeners and garden owners − traces their story through the centuries and across the world. 

Starting from the topiary of patrician Rome, she moves through the paradise gardens of Islam and the medieval hortus conclusus to the formal parterres of Renaissance Italy, the more elaborate broderies of the royal French gardens, the complicated conceits of the Tudors and the geometry of the Dutch school. She takes a ... Read more

Green architecture returned with the Arts and Crafts movement, and the twentieth century saw a joyful resurgence of the topiary peacock and other such conceits, the arrival of the Japanese minimalist school, the cult of the venerable sagging hedge, cloud pruning and the emergence of the cool crisp lines of modernism.  German perennial planting, juxtaposed with sharply cut linear hedges, has provided a clever solution to the modern requirements of high style, low maintenance and attention to the environment and to labour costs. Of late a new type of formality has emerged among designers and landscape architects, involving wild-looking prairie planting set off by large-scale sculptural topiary.

As Caroline Foley points out, ‘Serious or frivolous . . . topiary always has character and presence. While wonderfully impressive when it takes the form of an immaculate battlemented bastion, it has poetry and possibly even greater charm when it is overblown and blowsy with age. Either way, it will always be a win-win proposition.’

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About Caroline Foley
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. ... Read more

Reviews for Topiary, Knots and Parterres
“A wonderful resource and engaging work.”
Plant Talk, New York Botanical Garden
"Highly recommended for anyone interested in the fascinating history of topiary or gardening."
Library Journal
“Packed with historical detail and offers plenty of visual inspiration.”
Anne Swithinbank
World of Interiors
"Beautifully written, lavishly - nay, opulently - illustrated, I'll be cross ... Read more

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