I found this book for a dollar at a used bookstore. Best dollar I ever spent on my library. This is the first garden history book I had ever bought and it was a wonderful experience that has led me to more garden history books. This book will not instruct one on how to create, or recreate an arts and crafts garden, but after reading through the whole I can imagine one could glean some guiding principles to do so. I am a fan of the arts and crafts style in homes and furnishings but I had never really given thought to how this movement played out in gardens. Fascinating!
I bought this book years ago in California on the 'Pasadena Heritage' Arts and Crafts Home and Garden Tour and I love it.
If you are interested in turn of the century garden history, or are restoring a Greene and Greene home, sit on a neighborhood CC&R committee, or are just attempting to add some classic style to your suburban home lawnscape, as I am, then you will find this book a ready reference.
The author, of course, is English and she focusses on the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and its influence on garden design there. Ms Hitchmough explains the origins of the Arts and Crafts philosophies, shows examples of Arts and Crafts Gardens with beautiful photography, and gives special emphasis to Gertrude Jekyll and her followers.
If you are interested in garden history or are planning a visit to the UK and would like to know more about the architecture and garden design so popular there, then this is the book for you. In fact, the last pages provide a list of Arts and Crafts "Gardens to Visit" complete with telephone numbers.