Shrubs for the Milder Counties
First published in 1948, W. Arnold-Forster’s Shrubs for the Milder Counties is a classic in its field. Based on the author’s long practical experience in his garden on a Cornish moor, it covers a wide range of shrubs that can be grown in the milder and maritime parts of Britain, and reviews many hardy shrubs that can be grown successfully in the colder counties. The writing is extraordinarily fresh and valid for today’s gardeners. This new edition contains an Addendum of Plant Name Changes by Peter Clough.
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W. Arnold-Forster studied at the Slade School of Art, under Tonks. He joined the Navy in the First World War, and then settled in a bleak house high above the cliff in west Cornwall. Here he worked for the League of Nations, wrote, painted, and gardened.
Peter Clough, NDH, was a horticulturist with vast practical experience of many western seabord gardens. He was head gardener of Achamore Gardens on the Isle of Gigha; Tresco Abbey Garden and Inverewe.
- Introduction to the 2000 Edition, by Val Arnold-Forster
- A Note about the Photographs
- Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Lord Aberconway
- I Opportunities and Problems
- II Wind and Shelter
- III Planting for Roadsides and Towns
- IV A General Planting List
- V Acacias
- VI Camellias
- VII Ceanothus
- VIII Eucalyptus
- IX Magnolias, by G.H. Johnstone
- X Metrosideros
- XI Nothofagus – Southern Beeches
- XII Olearias
- XIII Prunus, Pyrus and Sorbus
- XIV Rhododendrons and Azaleas
- XV Some Uncommon, Untried, or Tender Shrubs
- XVI Addendum – Plant Name Changes, by Peter Clough
29 colour photos, 4 black and white photos, 1 line drawing
216 x 138mm
‘Illustrated with archival photographs of the author’s home at Eagle’s Nest and new colour photographs, this reissue of W. Arnold-Forster’s Shrubs for the Milder Counties is a must for all with green fingers and who enjoy using them, and for those who believe, as Dorothy Gurney did, that “one is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth”’. (Western Morning News, 12.12.00).
‘Shrubs for the Milder Counties is for those who like to garden on “the edge”. … If British summers are to get hotter the book may become more popular’. (Penelope Hobhouse, ‘On My Bedside Table’, Hortus, 73, Spring 2005).
‘the information and advice given on the erection of windbreaks and shelters is sound and worthy of note whilst the detailed plant resumés are full of useful tips on their ease of cultivation or otherwise. The addendum of plant name changes by Peter Clough brings the work up to date’ (www.newbookreviews.co.uk; The Bookplace)
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