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Living Paintings

English Garden Design

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: BT Community Programme

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One of our members best-loved collections on a gardening theme. This takes you on a horticultural romp, from early medieval gardens, to a modern greenhouse in Kew. Not only are there visits to some of the most famous gardens in these islands, the commentary has some fascinating history, as well as some practical tips. A gardener’s delight and relaxing read for the less green-fingered too.

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The Tudor garden was of a good logical shape which stayed in fashion for some hundred and fifty years. It was a square enclosure held in by walls or hedges, sited in front of the house so that house and garden were in friendly unity and the garden could be admired from the front windows or the terrace. Inside the square there were usually two main alleys crossing in the centre (as in the old monastery gardens) where there would be an ornament such as a flower-bed or a fountain. There were other parallel alleys, some open and flanked by trained fruit-trees, others covered in by pleached trees to make shady tunnels. ('Pleached' means interlaced or intertwined.) Fruit-trees were widely used in the pleasure garden, for the range of flowering shrubs was still small. Vegetables and herbs were frequently to be found planted in these beds among the flowers. The alleys were gravelled, sanded, turfed or carpeted with scented herbs, and in the spaces between, there were square or oblong flower-beds.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Monastic Garden
The Tradescant Memorial Garden
Spring by Peter Breughel the Younger
Detail of Hampton Court Palace by Leonard Knyff
Stourhead, Wiltshire
Landscape with Apollo and the Muses by Claude Lorraine
`Before’ View of Humphry Repton’s Cottage Garden
‘After’ View of Humphry Repton’s Cottage Garden
The Formal Garden at Bowood
The Cottage at Sandhills, Surrey by Helen Allingham
Herbaceous Borders and Topiary at Brickwall, Northiam
The Suburban Garden, Osbert Lancaster
Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens
Pineapple Fruiting
Giant Waterlily , Victoria amazonica
Underside of Giant Waterlily
Venus’ Fly-Trap

What our members say

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Attention to detail is amazing ... all the different textures for the leave, just marvellous and all adds to the enjoyment. Library Member
Lovely album As I have recently visited both Hampton Court and Stourhead it was good to be able to learn about the gardens before I went. As I am very fond of gardening it was of particular interest to me to learn how garden design has developed over time or just evolved like the beautiful cottage garden. The thermoforms were fairly easy to follow with the help of the detailed instructions on the audio. Library Member
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