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AuthorJohn Sales
PublisherUnicorn Publishing Group
Publication Date15th September 2018
Book DescriptionWritten by the retired national Trust's Head of Gardens The story is told through the authors work on 50 of the best know National Trust gardens The author holds the highest honour awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society - the Victoria Medal and is the Vice president of the RHS
Editorial Review[A]n exceptional new book...I recommend it to all garden visitors, garden historians and connoisseurs of the human race. . . . It is written with winning modesty and quiet humour but it throws a fascinating light on the vexed questions of garden 'conservation', the aims of the National Trust and the nature of gardening for the long term."--Robin Lane Fox "Financial Times ", `In each case, writing with humour and fluidity, he has tried to draw out the specific lessons learned at each property. His descriptions are clear, well written and frequently amusing, with the occasional acerbic comment thrown in...Above all, John's pleasure in his work and in the successes achieved under his watch make this a fascinating book, so much more than simply a guide to the properties or a memoir of the man who cared for them. I think you will enjoy it!' Sue Tasker, Professional Gardener, `Sales's appointment by the NT was inspired, because he possesses both the sense and the sensibility to know when to restore, and when to replace, and when to leave well alone. His book encapsulates his experience, his philosophy and his wisdom' Historic Gardens Review,
About the AuthorAfter horticultural college in Kent, John Sales passed his National Diploma in Horticulture while a student gardener at Kew, where his knowledge of plants developed and his interest in garden design and historic gardens was engendered. In 1971 he was appointed gardens adviser to the National Trust. He was lucky not simply because this was the kind of job that many would covet, but mainly because it came early in a period of rapid expansion in the Trust's involvement with historic gardens and landscape parks, of great beauty and heritage significance. After two years learning from his predecessor Graham Stuart Thomas, he became Head of Gardens, eventually leading a team of advisers and technical staff responsible for strategic and routine advice in all gardens and parks, covering continuing management, staffing, plant conservation and refurbishment, as well as design, restoration and major renewal. John served as Head of Gardens until 1998. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest honour given by the Royal Horticultural Society, in 1991, and has since been a Vice-President of the Society, and of the Garden History Society (now the Gardens Trust).
Number of Pages336

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