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Beauty in beastly surroundings

In The Gardens of the British Working Class, Margaret Willes follows the determined struggle of the poor to grow flowers

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

The Gardens of the British Working Class Margaret Willes

Yale, pp.413, £25, ISBN: 9780300187847

The vast majority of books written about British gardens and their histories are concerned with large ones, made and maintained, sometimes over several centuries, by people with money. ’Twas ever thus. In this country, recognisable gardens began in monasteries, as well as the surroundings of palaces and noblemen’s houses, and it is only in the last couple of centuries that the middle classes have got into the act.

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