Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs
Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs celebrates the abundance of the award-winning productive gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. With derelict structures restored to working order, the range of traditional crops now cultivated and harvested by hand is beginning to reflect the output of the gardens in their late Victorian heyday.
This book tells the stories of reconstruction behind increasingly well-known features – the beautiful apple arches in the Vegetable Garden, the unique pineapple pit in the Melon Yard and the historically significant Paxton House in the Flower Garden. It conveys the central value – and character – of a committed and hard-working garden team, whose expertise increases as the seasons pass. Meeting a broad range of horticultural challenges, they nurture crops to exceptional beauty, scent and flavour – from the delicate early narcissi and jewel-like peach blossom (hand-pollinated to secure trugs of perfect, succulent fruits in season), to the massive borders of tall, crazy, colourful antirrhinums, which delight visitors at the height of Summer; from unarguably the best-flavoured Royal Sovereign strawberries and succulent melons cradled to ripeness in their hand-knotted nets, to the last harvest home – anemones for Christmas.
Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs is a mine of practical information as well as a visual feast. Together with its companion volume, The Heligan Vegetable Bible, it provides a comprehensive record of varieties grown at Heligan, including suppliers, and is the product of a decade of rich endeavour by many of the staff at ‘The Nation’s Favourite Garden’ (BBC1 TV Gardeners’ World).
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Philip McMillan Browse is a horticultural consultant, and has been Director of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in California, and Director of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley. He was the first Horticultural Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and is one of the originators of the Eden Project in Cornwall. His publications include Plant Propagation (1979), and Palms for Cooler Climates (1993). He is co-author of The Heligan Vegetable Bible (2000); editor of Heligan Survivors (Alison Hodge, 2007), and General Editor of Gardening on the Edge: Drawing on the Cornwall Experience.
- Foreword by Peter Thoday
- Introduction by Candy Smit
- 1 The Stage
- 2 The Cast
- 3 Soft Fruits
- 4 Stone Fruits
- 5 Pome Fruits
- 6 The Peach House and its Cropping
- 7 Grapes and the Paxton House
- 8 Sub-tropical Fruits
- 9 Annuals and Sweet Peas
- 10 Biennials
- 11 Perennials
- 12 Bulbous Plants
- 13 Rhubarb
- 14 Herbs
- 15 A Miscellany of Vegetables-cum-Fruits
- Appendix 1: Bibliography
- Appendix 2: Suppliers
- Picture Acknowledgements
Paperback with flaps
Full colour throughout
246 x 189mm
Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs was chosen as Book of the Week by The Sunday Telegraph Garden Notebook on 12 June 2005: ‘it explores the use of original seed varieties, as well as the old buildings, kitchen garden, melon yard and cut-flower areas.’
‘It is full of professional advice and practical information on gardening … for anyone who has seen Heligan through all its seasons and wants to recreate just some of its wonders, it is a superlative reference book..
‘… it’s an absolute little gem … it grabs your interest … makes you want to go out and try something you haven’t tried before.’ (The Gardener, June 2005)
‘And what a book it is. Sumptuously illustrated, it makes a companion to The Heligan Vegetable Bible and unravels for the reader the abundance of the productive gardens’ (Western Morning News, 28.05.05)
‘A must for all green fingers.’ (Cornwall Today, July 2005)
‘amazing photographs’ (Dominic Cole, Land Use Consultants, May 2005)
‘For lovers of Heligan, for fruit and vegetable growers everywhere, for garden historians and ordinary gardeners, this is a book that will enthral and entrance’ (The Book Pl@ce, June 2005)
‘Whether you are interested in garden history or want to learn more about growing methods and plants, this book is for you. … With abundant photos of Heligan, and the people who work there, this book is a fascinating read.’ (Gardens Monthly, August 2005)
‘this beautifully illustrated book … is an enjoyable read, being a sort of “hybrid” between the story of how the gardens were brought back from dereliction, and some good solid gardening advice. …
‘What gives the book its own unique flavour is that the information is set within the context of how different crops were grown in the late Victorian era.’ (Kitchen Garden, December 2005)
‘Candy Smit, in her enjoyable Introduction, pays tribute to the “self-effacing” McMillan Browse and his vital contribution to the gardening of Heligan; this book … splendid and eloquent testimony to that contribution’ (Eden Project Friends Magazine, Autumn 2005, no. 20)
‘packed with information and photographs, this is a “must” for all with green fingers.’ (The Cornishman, 01.12.05)
‘There is such a wealth of information and advice about growing almost anything under the sun. It is a book every gardening enthusiast will turn to time and time again. For advice on growing citrus fruits to improving your herbaceous border, look no further than this volume.
‘… Don’t be without this book: you will not regret your investment!’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 6, Spring 2006)
‘a mine of practical information’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 49, 2006)
‘The fruit section will appeal very much to gardeners … who have an interest in vines and trees that fruit, and the more exotic pineapple section was a gem. The flower and bulb pages cover flowers for the eye and for cutting .… The herb section could inspire the non-herb grower to give them a try …
‘Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs is a well-presented book: a historical record and a practical guide … a source of reference and relaxation over the years.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 2006)
Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs was awarded First Place in its class in the 2006 Holyer an Gof Awards for the best Cornish publications of 2005.
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