Books > Books on Garden History
Mowl's current garden history project is writing the landscape and
garden history of every county in Britain. It's a major and continuing
task but the first twelve are already complete and Cambridgeshire is
currently in progress.
approach is a combination of green wellies and dusty archives. Walking
the sites and then searching for the documentation helps to make sense
of the design and planting of the gardens. He has discovered the most
surprising and unlikely features - ruined Gothick summerhouses, Turkish
Tents, a Druid's Stone Circle, crystal-encrusted Grottoes, the wrecks
of formal parterre gardens, a Millennium alfresco Dining Pavilion by I
M Pei, the architect of the Louvre Pyramid. No walker, holidaymaker,
historian or garden enthusiast should be without these beautifully
Read more about each book below.
Opposite: Harold Peto's Italianate garden at Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire