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Thomas Reads: The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

Author Kate Felus (Garden Historian and Landscape Consultant) explores the history of Georgian Gardens and how they were used as a means to relax, entertain, and escape.


Hailed as Britains greatest contribution to European Art, Georgian Landscape Gardens were carefully curated spaces on an immense scale, packed full of beautiful architecture, sprawling lakes, winding walks and sporting activities.


Split into six chapters, Felus starts by explaining Georgian life, the 123 year Period from George I in 1714 through to to William IV in 1837. At this point she introduces us to renowned landscape designers of the time, such as the prolific Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who has around 170 gardens under his name, ex-coach painter-turned-Designer William Kent, and Humphry Repton (along with his Red Books).


Now the scene is set, the book divides into four sections; Morning, Afternoon, Evening, and Night, each a time of the day associated its own specific activities.


  • Mornings for Tours, Boating and Bathing

  • Afternoons for Study, Sports, & Partners

  • Evenings for Food, Drink and Music

  • Night-time for Fireworks, Fetes, and Illuminations


Felus is able to evidence her findings through Period paintings, House inventories, and first-hand accounts. In particular, these accounts reveal an interesting, more relaxed, side to the lives of our formal ancestors.


Without going into too much detail, the book tells us of mock naval battles, secret romps, cold bathing, and a lot more.


Purchase your copy here...


https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Secret-Life-of-the-Georgian-Garden-by-Kate-Felus-author/9781784535728

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