EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO IN THE GARDEN without actually gardening
After all the interest in the lead up to her visit, we were delighted to welcome Philippa on Saturday 15 May. Many of our customers who had been intrigued by the title of her book and wanted to know more had the opportunity to meet Philippa and have their copies signed. This is a delightful and well researched book looking at the history of gardening. Philippa looks at how people have enjoyed their gardens over the centuries, and combines quotations from the many words written on the subject with contemporary illustrations.
“Philippa Lewis is a picture researcher, with an eye for uncommon facts and a wry way of presenting them. Her book is a scholarly and entertaining social history with pictures. Most books of this type recycle old material, but this writer has a knack of discovering fresh facts. The Wordsworths papered their cottage with newspaper. Eric Ravilious tried to include a man diving into a swimming pool for his Wedgewood Garden service, but was told that the design would not be accessible to the British public. Princess Charlotte thought skittles were low grade at Claremont, so she turned the ninepin alley into flowerbeds. The knowledge is lightly worn and there is masses of information, a bit like Schott’s Miscellany, but better, because you can enjoy it in an old-fashioned way, as a good read, while absorbing facts to amuse your friends.
Review from Spectator
Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening by Philippa Lewis (Frances Lincoln, £16.99)