The Cornwall Gardens Guide

Douglas Ellory Pett, with addi­tional research by Mar­garet Grose

The Cornwall Gardens Guide coverCom­pletely revised and updated, the second edi­tion of The Corn­wall Gar­dens Guide con­tains many gar­dens that have opened to the pub­lic since the Guide was first pub­lished in 2003. Described as ‘an essen­tial com­pan­ion for any­one who enjoys vis­it­ing Cornwall’s wealth of gar­dens’, this book is a com­pre­hens­ive visitor’s guide to over 130 gar­dens in Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly open to the pub­lic. Writ­ten by the author of the stand­ard ref­er­ence work The Parks and Gar­dens of Corn­wall, with addi­tional research by Mar­garet Grose, the text is thor­oughly researched, inform­at­ive, access­ible and up to date. The Guide is copi­ously illus­trated with col­our pho­to­graphs – over 100 of which are new to this edi­tion – and includes a gen­eral intro­duc­tion to the geo­logy, cli­mate and garden his­tory of Corn­wall; a list of nurs­er­ies and garden centres in the county, and a cal­en­dar of garden open­ing times.

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Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first exper­i­ence of large-​​scale garden­ing as Vicar of Gul­val, Pen­zance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pur­sued geo­lo­gical and other field stud­ies in Corn­wall, and was invited to organ­ize the first pro­fes­sional and vol­un­tary sur­veys of his­toric gar­dens for the newly formed Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust. He was a mem­ber of the Garden His­tory Soci­ety; author of Cre­at­ive Garden­ers, The Parks and Gar­dens of Corn­wall (Alison Hodge, 1998), and Hor­ti­cul­ture on the Isles of Scilly; co-​​author of The His­toric Gar­dens of Corn­wall (1991); editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001), and a reg­u­lar con­trib­utor to The Cornish Garden.

Mar­garet Grose was edu­cated at Truro County Gram­mar School, and obtained a degree in Medi­eval and Mod­ern His­tory from the Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don. She worked in Truro City Lib­rary before becom­ing his­tory teacher at Tremough Con­vent School. She obtained an MA in the His­tory of Mod­ern Art and Design from Fal­mouth Col­lege of Arts, and sub­sequently pub­lished a book on the His­toric Estate at Tremough. She is a mem­ber of the Garden His­tory Soci­ety and the Corn­wall Garden Soci­ety.

  • Fore­word, by Sir Richard Carew Pole, Pres­id­ent of the Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust
  • Pre­face
  • Intro­duc­tion
  • How to Use this Book
  • 1 Isles of Scilly
  • 2 West
  • 3 Mid-​​West
  • 4 Mid-​​East
  • 5 East
  • 6 His­toric Gar­dens Open Occasionally
  • Nurs­er­ies & Garden Centres
  • Cal­en­dar of Garden Openings
  • Index
  • Acknow­ledge­ments
  • Map of Cornwall

ISBN: 0906720486
2nd edi­tion
Wiro, paper­back with flaps
280 pages386 col­our pho­tos; 1 line draw­ing; 1 map
210 x 148 mm

fully jus­ti­fies its claim of being com­pre­hens­ive and is, at the same time, easy to carry and to use.
‘… Chris­topher Laughton’s over­all design … ensures that the guide is as good to look at as it is to have and to hold.
‘… a “must” for all … lov­ers of Cornwall’s many diverse and delight­ful gar­dens’ (The Cornish­man, 16.03.06)

The Corn­wall Gar­dens Guide was the Editor’s Choice at The Book Pl@ce in March 2006: ‘The Corn­wall Gar­dens Guide is almost too good – its superb pho­to­graphy cap­tur­ing the won­der and beauty of the gar­dens to such a high degree it is almost pos­sible to tour them from the arm­chair.’ (The Book Pl@ce, March 2006)

This book is a bible for enthu­si­astic vis­it­ors of Cornwall’s gar­dens.’ (Corn­wall Today, April 2006)

An expert’s defin­it­ive guide to Cornwall’s gar­dens … a gem’ (West Bri­ton, 30.03.06)

will provide guid­ance and inspir­a­tion for all garden-​​lovers wherever they may come from … Few knew as much about these gar­dens as did the late Douglas Ellory Pett’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 25.04.06)

com­pre­hens­ive cov­er­age of gar­dens to visit in Corn­wall … fea­tures more than 130 gar­dens, with glor­i­ous images’ (The Eng­lish Garden, May 2006)

a valu­able coun­ter­weight to the idea that, once you have seen The Lost Gar­dens of Heligan and the Eden Pro­ject, there is little else to see in the county. … describes the gar­dens’ his­tory and plants … the pho­to­graphs make each indi­vidual place look well worth vis­it­ing.’ (His­toric Gar­dens Found­a­tion News­let­ter, no. 21, May 2006)

a visual treat… If you love vis­it­ing gar­dens, then this book is an abso­lute essen­tial … you are guar­an­teed to want to keep turn­ing the pages … will keep you occu­pied for hours plan­ning your next garden excur­sions’ (Corn­wall Life, June/​July 2006)

Back­ground his­tory is com­ple­men­ted by beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs’ (Devon Gar­dens Trust News­let­ter, 2006)

Every garden is brought to life with stun­ning col­our pho­to­graphs’ (Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust, The Journal, 2007)

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