By Charles Quest-Ritson. ISBN 1-56792-264-3. Copyright 2001. Hardcover with 280 pages including appendix and index. Gardening is all about lifestyles, money and class. Among the rich, gardens are symbols of social and economic success; among the poor, they are an aid to survival. Most commentators have concentrated on the development of garden styles and fashions, but no history can properly be told without reference to the social and economic conditions which accompanied it. Charles Quest-Ritson sets out to put gardening in its context. He shows how gardens have been altered through the generations in direct response to changes in English society itself and he explains the social and financial reasons why gardening evolved as it did.
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