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Reviews of Knot Gardens and Parterres: A History of the Knot Garden and How to Make One Today

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Author (1): Robin Whalley
Author (2): Anne Jennings

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Publish date: April 1998
Published by: Barn Elms Publishing


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Positive petit_potager On May 14, 2006, petit_potager wrote:

The knot garden, or parterre, can be eye catching, brashly exuberant, romantically nostalgic, or quietly simple and chic. The appeal of the knot garden in timeless and with space often at a premium, a knot garden provides a tremendously attractive design solution.

Knot Gardens and Parterres is divided into two sections. The first unravels the history of this genre from Tudor times and its “curious knot” – to the famous historic patterns of the 17th Century designs for which certain “Sun Kings” are renowned, and beyond to the flamboyance of Queen Victoria’s garden affectations.

The second section confidently takes the reader through the design process, plant selection, and future care and maintenance.

It is an exceptional book on the topic. I refer to it frequently. It has served as the inspiration behind several of my designs.

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