Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday Book Review: Scottish gardens. Being a representative selection of different types, old and new
Scottish gardens. Being a representative selection of different types, old and new by Sir. Herbert Maxwell. London, 1908
Beautifully illustrated by Mary Wilson, this has fascinating descriptions of many of the best Scottish gardens of that era, interspersed with historical anecdote. The author concentrates mainly on the planting rather than design and layout, with the emphasis on West Coast gardens. Given the publication date of 1908, it is especially fascinating to modern readers as few of these gardens remain in original ownership, or even exist in their original state.