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The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden: Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats

The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden: Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats
Kate Felus

Foreword by: Roy Strong

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Georgian landscape gardens are among the most visited and enjoyed of the UK's historical treasures. The Georgian garden has also been hailed as the greatest British contribution to European Art, seen as a beautiful composition created from grass, trees and water - a landscape for contemplation. But scratch below the surface and history reveals these gardens were a lot less serene and, in places, a great deal more scandalous.Beautifully illustrated in colour and black & white, this book is about the daily life of the Georgian garden. It reveals its previously untold secrets from early morning rides through to evening amorous liaisons. It explains how by the eighteenth century there was a desire to escape the busy country house where privacy was at a premium, and how these gardens evolved aesthetically, with modestly-sized, far-flung temples and other eye-catchers, to cater for escape and solitude as well as food, drink, music and fireworks. Its publication coincides with the 2016 tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's greatest ever landscape gardener, and the book is uniquely positioned to put Brown's work into its social context.

Author Info

Kate Felus is a garden historian and historic landscape consultant. She researches designed landscapes of all periods, specializing particularly in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century parks and gardens.


A Financial Times Gardening Book of the Year 2016

'Kate Felus's study reminds us how very broad a canvas the 18th century garden was...lavishly illustrated' - Sunday Telegraph

‘A treat on this subject…exceptionally enjoyable, written with style and humour and packed with little-known sources…excellent’ - Financial Times

‘It is this kind of detail, along with an exceptionally good selection of illustrations, that are the chief delight in this gratifyingly slim volume…an immensely enjoyable read’ - Country Life

‘Comprehensive…informative… a rich tapestry of garden life. The result is a delightful and scholarly book, informative to those with interests in garden and social history, ideally to be read in a secluded Georgian temple while supping on a syllabub.’ - The Garden (RHS)

'A delightful history...fascinating...these accounts make for compulsive reading' - Spectator

“Kate Feluś writes with scholarship and flair....refreshingly unfamiliar...a pioneering work and an important addition to the literature of the country house. More than that, it is a thoroughly entertaining read” - The Times

'An enjoyable anecdotal account of what Georgians did in their gardens...the book is cleverly illustrated' - Guardian

'Includes many rarely seen images, in which [Kate Felus] skilfully directs your eye to the significant detail...there is much to enjoy' - Gardens Illustrated

'Insightful, with compelling text matched with engaging historical illustrations...Feluś draws upon a range of sources to deliver this work, and it offers a rich depiction of Georgian life' - The English Garden

‘Delightful’ - New Criterion

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784535728
Publication Date: 29 May 2016
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 226
Width: 155
Illustrations: 70 b/w and colour in total

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