For the gardener, the late Victorian period is one of a particular interest. Alice Drummond-Hay’s paintings illustrate a surprising range of native vegetation as well as exotic plants whose importation was encouraged by Britain’s pre-eminent position as an imperial and trading power. Stefan Buczacki writes about the plants and describes their place in the late Victorian flower garden. He explains how they can be cultivated today by anyone interested in creating a period feel in his or her garden or simply in growing specific plants. He discusses how some varieties differ from those we are familiar with today, and their merits – then and now. Growing advice is given, together with guidance on the style and techniques of Victorian gardening, making this a uniquely practical book.
Hardback with dust jacket – inscription on first page – some wear and tear – otherwise in good condition in view of age (1988)