Further Reading

  • We have a basic reading list to help you find out more about garden history
  • A fuller reading list is given in Ray Desmond’s bibliography which, though originally published in 1990, gives a good listing of standard works
  • Reviews of books on most aspects of gardens and garden history appear in Garden History. Read extracts from some recent reviews

Buying books

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If Amazon is unable to help, you may prefer to contact a specialist bookseller. The Kew Gardens website has a good list of booksellers and publishers specialising in botany and horticulture, worldwide. The list is based on catalogues received and does not include the many helpful local and general booksellers who can be traced in trade directories or through internet searches.

Basic reading list

If you want to find out more about garden history, the following books are widely available.

John Anthony Discovering Period Gardens (Shire, 1992)
Jane Brown The Pursuit of Paradise: A Social History of Gardens and Gardening (HarperCollins, 1999)
Susan Campbell Walled Kitchen Gardens (Shire, 1998)
Maggie Campbell-Culver The Origin of Plants (Headline, 2000)
Hazel Conway Public Parks (Shire Publications, 1996)
John Dixon Hunt Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Theory (Thames & Hudson, 2000)
Patrick Goode and Michael Lancaster (eds) The Oxford Companion to Gardens (OUP, 2001)
Penelope Hobhouse Plants in Garden History (Pavilion, 1994)
Roy Strong The Artist and the Garden (Yale University Press, 2000)
Michael Symes Garden Sculpture (Shire, 1996)
Michael Symes A Glossary of Garden History (Shire, 2006)
Tom Turner Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000BC–2000 AD (Spon Press, 2005)
Gabrielle van Zuylen The Garden: Visions of Paradise (Thames & Hudson, 1995)
Jan Woudstra and Ken Fieldhouse (eds) The Regeneration of Public Parks (GHS et al, 2000)

Gardens of Different Periods:
Mavis Batey Regency Gardens (Shire, 1995)Jane Brown The Modern Garden (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000)
Maureen Carroll Earthly Paradises: Ancient Gardens in History and Archaeology (British Museum Press, 2003)
John Harris The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, His Villa and Garden at Chiswick, exh. cat. (Yale University Press, 1994)
John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis (eds) The Genius of the Place: English Landscape Garden 1620-1820 (MIT Press, 1988)
Mark Laird The Flowering of the Landscape: English Pleasure Grounds 1720-1800 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999)
Tim Mowl Gentlemen and Players: Gardeners of the English Landscape (Sutton Publishing, 2000)
Roy Strong The Renaissance Garden in England (Thames & Hudson, 1998)
Janet Waymark Modern Garden Design (Thames & Hudson, 2003)
Tom Williamson Polite Landscapes: Gardens and Society in 18th-Century England (John Hopkins University Press, 1995)

Eastern Gardens:
Amanda Herries Japanese Gardens in Britain (Shire, 2001)
Maggie Keswick The Chinese Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2003)

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